Nets Post-Up: Randolph, West, or Humphries?

Posted on: March 12th, 2011 by Dennis Velasco Comments

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On Twitter, I was asked where I stood on the Zach Randolph or David West debate regarding whom the New Jersey Nets should sign during the offseason. My basic answer was to re-sign Kris Humphries. I do think Randolph is the best of all three talent-wise, but would he be a better fit with the New Jersey Nets? How about West? Would the Nets be better off keeping Humphries?

Zach Randolph
29 years old; 10 seasons in the NBA; 2010-11 Salary: $17,333,333
Career Stats: 17.6 PPG; 9.2 RPG; 1.7 APG; 47.2 FG%; 77.0 FT%; 0.8 SPG; 0.3 BPG
2010-11 Stats: 20.1 PPG; 12.8 RPG; 1.9 APG; 49.0 FG%; 75.6 FT%; 0.9 SPG; 0.4 BPG
*Advanced 2010-11 Stats: 22.27 PER; 25.20 USG; 20.6 TRR
2010-11 Shot Attempts: 6.8 At Rim (62.2 FG%); 4.6 3-9 Feet (46.2); 1.6 10-15 Feet (37.9); 2.9 16-23 Feet (35.0)

PROS: Prolific scorer and rebounder. Not as immature as he used to be and seems content on the court. Offensive force in the post. Younger than West despite playing longer in the league.
CONS: Will demand a high salary. Could possibly hinder Brook Lopez's development in the post. Not a defender or intimidator.

David West
30 years old; 8 seasons in the NBA; 2010-11 Salary: $8,287,500
Career Stats: 16.4 PPG; 7.3 RPG; 2.0 APG; 49.0 FG%; 84.0 FT%; 0.8 SPG; 0.8 BPG
2010-11 Stats: 18.8 PPG; 7.7 RPG; 2.3 APG; 50.8 FG%; 80.6 FT%; 1.0 SPG; 0.9 BPG
*Advanced 2010-11 Stats: 20.54 PER; 25.68 USG; 13.1 TRR
2010-11 Shot Attempts: 3.6 At Rim (67.0 FG%); 3.5 3-9 Feet (44.8); 2.5 10-15 Feet 43.9); 5.0 16-23 Feet (47.0)

PROS: Versatile scorer from inside and out. Salary should be less than Randolph. Complements Lopez better than Randolph.
CONS: Not much of a rebounder considering his position. Oldest of the three players. Best overall shooter from the field and free-throw line amongst the trio.

Kris Humphries
26 years old; 7 seasons in the NBA; 2010-11 Salary: 3,200,000
Career Stats: 5.5 PPG; 4.5 RPG; 0.5 APG; 46.1 FG%; 62.3 FT%; 0.4 SPG; 0.5 BPG
2010-11 Stats: 9.5 PPG; 9.9 RPG; 1.0 APG; 53.5 FG%; 66.7 FT%; 0.4 SPG; 1.0 BPG
*Advanced 2010-11 Stats: 17.79 PER; 17.11 USG; 21.8 TRR
2010-11 Shot Attempts: 3.7 At Rim (66.4 FG%); 1.5 3-9 Feet (44.2); 0.9 10-15 Feet (34.0); 1.3 16-23 Feet (35.0)

PROS: Youngest of all three. Already knows the organization and system, as well as having played with Deron Williams previously with the Utah Jazz. Salary would be less than both Randolph and West. Grinds with an endless motor and willing to sacrifice his body. Highest TRR of the three. Tough. Complements Lopez well.
CONS: Easily the least polished offensively between the players. Question on whether this season is an anomaly. Fights with his teammates for rebounds.

* PER, Player Efficiency Rating; USG, Usage Rate (% of offensive possessions); TRR, Total Rebounding Rate (% of total possible rebounds)

All of this said, who would you want the Nets to sign this offseason to be their power forward of the future? Leave your opinion in the comments!