Roster Evaluation: Zach Randolph
Z-bo (or me-bo or z-dough depending on your point of view) is a player that is crucial to this team. like it or not, he is the centerpiece and our power forward of the future. That being said, this man can be a bit of a headcase sometimes. When he 's not having a good game, in a good relationship with his coach, or having a bad game he will pout. And when he pouts, he's useless. There is no excuse for him to have 7 points and 4 rebounds. However, he is beginning to come around to McMillan and this team's style and is improving by leaps and bounds every game. His conditioning has gotten better, as has his passing and his post play. He is a far cry from the Z-Bo of old, but he's getting closer and closer with each passing game. He is no longer the selfish, outside jump-shot shooting player we saw at the beginning of the season, and the reality is that this team lives and dies by how he plays. His defense is vastly improved (he held Duncan to 14 pts and is beginning to use his body to tame players like Dirk), and that can be attributed to the presence of Maurice Lucas. We need his post presence and rebounding to win, because quite frankly there is no one else to take his place. Zach can and will be an All-Star, and trading him now, before he is completely recovered, would be a mistake of epic porportions.