Anthony Randolph re-vote, now tastier and meatier!
Sports.ws is being weird and not letting me post this, so I'll do it here and try to post it THERE later.
Bottom line, I've posted a re-vote on AR and posted my own reasearch. (I just traded to acquire him)(Also there 's a vote on Wesley Johnson up, too)
He's listed as a CF at Fox Sports, S.I., Yahoo Sports and rotoworld.
Based on quotes from D'Antoni himself, he plans to use Timey, AR and Turiaf at starting center depending on the matchups. Whether Randolph actually starts at C, he will be spending time at center there in a center by committee.
(All this is backed by quotes below)
Mr. Randolph said he's not worried about committing to a specific position or an on-floor identity just yet, but wants to become a traditional center or power forward as he continues to bulk up — all while maintaining his current explosiveness in a bigger body, much like new Knick Amar'e Stoudemire, he said.
Mr. Randolph said he will move between small forward, power forward and center this season, with some guard play in the mix. Mr. D'Antoni said that Mr. Randolph's job is to complement Mr. Stoudemire, who will start at power forward
D'Antoni says there is no lock at center and there will be "a revolving door" at that position depending on the matchups (New York Daily News). As the preseason continues, the battle for the starting center spot should come down to Mozgov and Anthony Randolph. While Randolph is the more athletic big and may see more minutes regardless because of his versatility, Mozgov could have the edge to start in order to help the Knicks establish their offense early
Anthony Randolph is going to surprise a lot of people this year. In the Knicks’ first official day of the 2010-11 season on Friday, the 6-foot-11 small forward/power forward/center already had his new teammates raving about his unique versatility.
As Knicks training camp traveled here yesterday, the biggest unknown is who will inherit the starting center job.
With Eddy Curry out of the picture, Ronny Turiaf not excelling, and impressive Russian rookie Timofey Mozgov still so inexperienced, Mike D'Antoni is giving more consideration to starting 6-foot-11 forward Anthony Randolph in the pivot. Randolph saw time with the first team during a light practice at Armani Jeans Milano's training facility.
Training camp opened last week with Turiaf playing with the first team, but he has no presence on offense. In the original alignment, Randolph was not in the starting lineup of Turiaf, Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton. D'Antoni won't reveal his starting lineup for Sunday's exhibition against Milan.
The only way to fit Randolph into the starting lineup is at center. Mozgov has been a poised presence during camp, but the Knicks might keep him out of foul trouble by bringing him off the bench.
Randolph also is being used to front the Knicks' fullcourt press that will be used more this season.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News: "Mike D'Antoni made it clear that the competition for minutes at the center position is definitely open and that impressive rookie Timofey Mozgov continues to play his way into the team's plans for this season. D'Antoni was effusive in his praise for the 7-foot Russian, telling reporters Monday, 'I'm trying to curb my enthusiasm.' Mozgov and third-year forward Anthony Randolph represent the future for the Knicks. Both give the club more versatility and scoring at center.
Meanwhile, Ronny Turiaf, the presumed starter, has been a bit underwhelming. D'Antoni has intimated he plans to use a rotation at the starting center spot with Turiaf, Mozgov, and Anthony Randolph all receiving spot starts.