There are several areas where the Denver Nuggets could struggle in the 2013-2014 NBA season. They are going to have to start the year without Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson is facing legal trouble, and they lost Andre Iguodala this off-season. However, one thing they are not devoid of is bodies in their frontcourt.
At the center position, the Nuggets have JaVale McGee, Timofey Mozgov and combo big-man J.J. Hickson that can all play minutes at the five. Then at the power forward they have Hickson, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Wilson Chandler for small-ball lineups, and, on the bottom of the totem pole, Anthony Randolph. All of those players have a chance to see consistent minutes in Denver’s frontcourt next year, save for Randolph.
In five NBA seasons, the Nuggets are Randolph’s fourth NBA team, which is never a ringing endorsement for a player. In his first season with Denver last year, he didn’t leave the bench often at all. He appeared in only 39 games and averaged only 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor, but while also committing 0.9 turnovers per game.
Randolph is simply a player with an NBA body, but not really any NBA skills. He’s a poor defender overall and doesn’t have any exceptional offensive or rebounding skills to make up for his defensive shortcomings. Not only that, but he’s playing behind a group of power forwards that have had success to varying degrees in this league. It would be extremely surprising if Randolph wasn’t in the same position that he was last year: seated on the bench.