Anthony Randolph looks to find comfort zone in Denver

Athletic big man believes Nuggets are the "right fit" for long-term success
by Aaron Lopez

While playing for three teams in four seasons, Anthony Randolph always held a certain admiration for the Denver Nuggets.

Their uptempo style was entertaining. Their coaching staff had a reputation for developing young talent. And, most of all, they won a lot of games.

So when it came time for Randolph to forge a new path in free agency, Denver was an attractive option.

“I haven’t been on a playoff team since I came into the league (in 2008),” he said after working out at Pepsi Center on Tuesday. “They’re a good young playoff team, somewhere I can come fit in, especially with their style of play. It’s a fun system to play in – and you’re actually winning. This is the best place for me.”

Randolph, 23, signed a multiyear contract with the Nuggets last week, giving Denver yet another talented big man who can rebound, block shots, knock down a midrange jumper and run the floor.

Though Denver’s roster is one of the deepest in the NBA, the 6-foot-11, 225-pound forward believes he can make an immediate impact.

“I’m just going to come out here, work hard and whatever role I need to do,” Randolph said. “I feel my talent level will take over and everything else will come naturally.”

He has produced when given an opportunity, averaging 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in the 65 career games in which he has played at least 20 minutes.

Nuggets fans witnessed Randolph’s ability firsthand when he scored 28 points and blocked five shots for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game against Denver on April 11.

“We like his combination of size and athleticism,” Nuggets assistant Chad Iske said. “He’s also very skilled. He can handle the ball and has an ability to knock down the midrange jump shot. That combination of size, speed and skill is something that we think is a huge asset.”

Randolph also is committed to improving his game. He is spending the week working out in Denver, and he is scheduled to fly to Las Vegas in early August to attend an elite pro camp run by former Nuggets assistant Tim Grgurich.

“I’ve been blessed with certain abilities and things that I can do,” he said. “I just think this is the best situation to bring it out of me with the coaches.”

Though Randolph has never spent much time in Denver, he already has a sense of familiarity.

He has a good relationship with Nuggets assistant Melvin Hunt, who attended college with Randolph’s uncle, and he played briefly with Nuggets forward Al Harrington as a rookie in Golden State.

“I’m hoping this is my home for many years,” Randolph said. “The team showed a commitment by signing me to a multiyear deal. I plan on being here way past that.”