The Matrix came out nearly 11 years ago and it changed everything...and explained everything. Great flick.
Anthony Randolph is a athletically gifted player on a team that has minutes to give for a long player that plays defense, rebounds and can score. He is and can do all of those things but, alas, he can't get real minutes. Why why why?
Morpheus D'Antoni: I don't know if you're ready to see what I want to show you, but unfortunately, you and I have run out of time. They're coming for you, Neo Anthony, and I don't know what they're going to do.
Take the jump if you can...
You often hear Anthony Randolph compared to Lamar Odom. However Odom's averaged 4.2 apg and .360% from 3pt land in his rookie year, that doesn't sound like AR to me, maybe there is a better way to extrapolate the future.
If you were 6'10 or 6'11" and were trying to find your game/way on to the court, you could look at your team's starting lineup and think deeply:
Randolph: "Whose game is closest to mine? Whose playing time should I be competing for? STAT and Gallo are both around 6'10" - one wants to tear the rim down given half a chance, the other wants to shred the net from long distance. Should I be making my living from the inside or on the outside?
Lemme check 82games.com and take a deep numerical sniff at this season's production...
Gallo Jump 85% .46% 42%
STAT Jump 62% .46% 29%
AR Jump 76% .20% 58%
Ok, so it says here I take a higher % of jump shots than Stoudamire and release them quicker than Gallo. It also looks like my efficiency rating is, whoa, godawful.
|Shot||Att.||eFG%||eFG% 16-24 secs|
Gallo Inside 15% .70% .60%
STAT Inside 38% .67% .50%
AR Inside 24% .50% .50%
From the inside my efficiency rating is NBA-like and when I work the clock my eFG% is identical to STAT...sweet. Holy crap, Gallo eFG% from inside is huge, no wonder everyone tellss him to take it to the basket...hmmm...wait a sec...
Right now I can't hit the broad side of a barn from outside but from up close, I have real numbers...I know I have played mainly garbola time but I can't fight the stats by sitting on the bench can I? What should I do?
Blue Pill = Live the Italian lifestyle, shoot from the outside, order more pasta
Red Pill = Live like STAT jr and eat what I kill and attack the rim with my pterodactyl wingspan
Morpheus D'Antoni: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Effing great movie.