Zach Randolph the Reason Behind Memphis Grizzlies' Recent Surge

By Ryan Heckman
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

It appears as though Zach Randolph has remembered that next summer he could hit a big pay day. The Memphis Grizzlies power forward is in the last official year of his contract where he’ll make roughly $17 million. Next year, he has a player option for $16.5 million and no one is too sure whether or not he’ll stay.

After the Grizzlies got off to a pretty mediocre start to the year, Randolph has helped Memphis surge right back into the thick of things as they’re now above .500 for the first time this year with a record of 6-5. Over his last three games, Randolph has posted double-doubles in each of them.

During this three game winning streak, the Grizzlies big man has averaged 25.3 points, 12 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting the ball at a blistering 65.2 percent. Prior to this streak, Randolph had only posted an average of 14 points in the month of November.

In his most recent outing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Randolph dominated the boards, ripping down 15 rebounds to go with his 26 points, two assists and two steals. These are the kinds of performances the Grizzlies will need out of Randolph to assert themselves again as a Western Conference power.

With the West as wide open as it has been from seeds 2-through-6 in a long time, the Grizzlies could make their way back into the race in no time. They’ve just got to get great performances from both Randolph and his counterpart Marc Gasol in the post. That’s where Memphis is lethal when at their best.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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