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Anthony Randolph
Randolph with the Real Madrid in October 2017
No. 3 – Real Madrid
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1989-07-15) July 15, 1989 (age 34)
Würzburg, West Germany
Nationality American / Slovenian
High school Woodrow Wilson (Dallas, Texas)
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College LSU (2007–2008)
NBA Draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2008–present
League Liga ACB
Career history
2008–2010 Golden State Warriors
2010–2011 New York Knicks
2011–2012 Minnesota Timberwolves
2012–2014 Denver Nuggets
2014–2016 Lokomotiv Kuban
2016–present Real Madrid
Career highlights and awards
  • EuroLeague champion (2018)
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team (2016)
  • All-EuroCup Second Team (2015)
  • 2× Spanish League champion (2018, 2019)
  • Spanish Cup winner (2017)
  • 3× Spanish Supercup winner (2018–2020)
  • All-Spanish League Second Team (2017)
  • SEC All-Freshman Team (2008)
  • Fourth-team Parade All-American (2007)
Men's basketball
Representing  Slovenia
Gold 2017 Turkey
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Bronze 2015 Toronto

Anthony Erwin Randolph Jr. (born July 15, 1989) is an American-Slovenian professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Spanish Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He also represents the senior Slovenian national basketball team, winning the 2017 EuroBasket with them. Born in Germany, to two American parents who served in the US military there, Randolph's family eventually relocated to the United States, where he grew up in Pasadena, California. The family later moved to Dallas, Texas, where Randolph soon became a standout at Woodrow Wilson High School, eventually being recruited by the Louisiana State Tigers. After one year, Randolph left college, and entered the 2008 NBA draft, where he was chosen as the fourteenth pick overall by the Golden State Warriors. In 2016, he earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection.

Early life

Anthony Erwin Randolph, Jr. was born to Anthony and Crystal Randolph in Würzburg, West Germany, where both of his parents served in the US military. Randolph spent the first year of his life in Germany, before his family moved to Pasadena, California, where he spent the majority of his childhood. Randolph attended schools in Pasadena, as well as North Little Rock High School, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, before heading to Woodrow Wilson High School, in Dallas, Texas, for his junior year.

Randolph's mother decided the school he was attending in Arkansas, was not right for him because of the differences he had with the team's head coach and in school. At the time, he was a virtually unknown player. Pat Washington, Randolph's high school head coach, stated that while Randolph was athletically gifted, he needed a lot of work on skills, such as ball handling, shooting, etc. Washington also spoke of a technique the team had in workouts called the "LAB", where the basic rules were that all players in play were required to never stop running, under any circumstances, and if the ball was turned over at any point, the player was to run back on defense immediately. The technique might have contributed to Randolph's later defensive prowess, as he has been known to hustle back after turnovers, for defensive stops, in his professional career.

In high school, Randolph played all five positions on the floor. During his senior season, Randolph's team did not qualify for a playoff position, which coach Washington attributed to bad chemistry. Washington called the team very talented, and referred to Randolph as the best player on the roster, but stated that, "as time went by, jealousy and agendas set in and took over." Randolph averaged 25.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, as a senior. Although Randolph was named to the first team All-Area The Dallas Morning News boys basketball team, played in the Reebok Round Ball Classic, in Chicago, and the Adidas Derby Festival Classic in Kentucky (leading all scorers in both games), he was not chosen to play in the McDonald's All-American Game his senior year. Considered a five-star recruit by, Randolph was listed as the No. 4 small forward and the No. 12 player in the nation in 2007.

College career

Glen "Big Baby" Davis had just left Louisiana State University's (LSU) basketball team as well as seven-foot center Magnum Rolle, who transferred to Louisiana Tech, leaving the team with only two bigs, one being a junior college transfer. Due to this fact, LSU told Randolph that if he joined their team, he could possibly play right away as a freshman. Washington said that Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, and Texas were also interested in recruiting Randolph. Though Memphis was Randolph's early choice in the recruitment process, he wanted to attend a school where he could play big minutes, which he figured he probably would not get to do at Memphis since the team's roster was so deep at the time. Randolph made an impact in college right away, as he had six blocks in just his third game during his freshman season. During his lone season at LSU, Randolph earned Honorable Mention All-SEC and First Team All-Freshman Team honors. Randolph was the only LSU Tiger to start all thirty-one games in his freshman season, and averaged 15.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.13 steals, and 2.26 blocks per contest. Although the team only ended the season with a 13-18 record, Randolph finished strong by averaging 20.1 points during the last nine games of the year. Randolph also ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding and blocked shots, twelfth in scoring, and posted nine double-doubles his freshman season.

Professional career

Golden State Warriors

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Randolph with the Golden State Warriors

Knowing there was a good chance he would be chosen in the first round, Randolph declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft at the end of his freshman year at LSU. Some projected Randolph to go high in the year's draft because of his versatility and potential, while his detractors thought he might drop because of his thin frame and raw overall game. In either case, many believed Randolph could be the steal of the draft with his talent and tremendous potential.

In the draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Randolph with the fourteenth overall pick. The Warriors were coming off a disappointing 2007-08 season where the team was unable to qualify for the playoffs despite finishing the year with a 48-34 win–loss record. Early in his rookie season, Randolph received minimal playing time, causing some to question his attitude and work ethic, or if a possible rift might be developing between him and head coach Don Nelson. Many of the Warriors' main rotation players suffered injuries throughout Randolph's rookie campaign, and the team ended the season with only a 29-53 record. Nonetheless, the Warriors did play a fairly strong second half of the season, including Randolph, who averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals over the last twelve games of the year.

After attending a Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs playoff game during the Warriors' offseason, Randolph became motivated to improve his play, hitting the gym hard to prepare for the following season. Randolph's efforts first began to reward him in that year's Summer League being held in Las Vegas, Nevada where he not only began to dominate consistently but was also referred to by various sportswriters as being the best talent in the entire Summer League. Among other highlights, including a then-Summer League record-tying 42-point explosion in game four against the Chicago Bulls' Summer League team, Randolph was invited to attend the USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp following his dominant Summer League performance. Though many believed Randolph was a lock to win Summer League MVP, the honor was given to 2009 first overall pick Blake Griffin. On October 14, 2009 the Warriors extended Randolph's contract through the 2010–11 NBA season.

New York Knicks

On July 9, 2010, Randolph was traded to the New York Knicks along with Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf and a future second-round pick in a sign and trade deal for David Lee.

Minnesota Timberwolves

On February 22, 2011, Randolph was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-way blockbuster deal which also involved the Denver Nuggets that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. In his first start of the year on March 24, filling in for the injured Kevin Love, Randolph recorded a career high 31 points and 11 rebounds. He followed that up with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Denver Nuggets

On July 20, 2012, Randolph signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.

On June 26, 2014, Randolph was traded, along with Doug McDermott, to the Chicago Bulls for Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkić and a 2015 second-round pick.

Orlando Magic

On July 14, 2014, he was traded, along with two future second round draft picks and cash considerations, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for the draft rights to forward Milovan Raković. The next day, he was waived by the Magic.

Lokomotiv Kuban

On August 18, 2014, Randolph signed a one-year deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia. On April 16, 2015, he was named to the All-EuroCup Second Team. In July 2015, he re-signed with Lokomotiv. In his second season with Lokomotiv, he reached the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four, where his team lost in the semi-finals, but managed to win the third place game.

Real Madrid

On July 15, 2016, Randolph signed a one-year deal with Real Madrid. On June 22, 2017, he re-signed with Real Madrid. In May 2018, Real Madrid won the 2017–18 EuroLeague championship, after defeating Fenerbahçe Doğuş in the final game 85–80. Over 20 EuroLeague games, Randolph averaged 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

In February 2020, Randolph was sidelined with a fractured finger.

National team career

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Randolph with Slovenia during EuroBasket 2017, where he won the gold medal

United States national team

Randolph represented the United States national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, where he won a bronze medal.

Slovenian national team

On June 23, 2017, it was announced that Randolph would play for the senior Slovenian national team. On September 17, 2017, Slovenia defeated Serbia, in the 2017 EuroBasket finals, by a score of 93–85, and thereby claimed the title of EuroBasket champions. Randolph was an important member of the team, he contributed 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds in 24.3 minutes of play on average.

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Randolph's team won the EuroLeague


Regular season

2008–09 Golden State 63 22 17.9 .462 .000 .716 5.8 0.8 0.7 1.2 7.9
2009–10 Golden State 33 8 22.7 .443 .200 .801 6.5 1.3 0.8 1.5 11.6
2010–11 New York 17 0 7.5 .311 .250 .500 2.4 0.4 0.2 0.5 2.1
2010–11 Minnesota 23 3 20.1 .498 .000 .703 5.2 1.1 0.8 0.7 11.7
2011–12 Minnesota 34 5 15.2 .470 .000 .762 3.6 0.6 0.4 1.0 7.4
2012–13 Denver 39 0 8.4 .491 .000 .689 2.4 0.3 0.5 0.5 3.7
2013–14 Denver 43 5 12.3 .386 .295 .754 2.8 0.7 0.6 0.4 4.8
Career 252 43 15.2 .453 .241 .740 4.3 0.7 0.6 0.9 7.1


2013 Denver 5 0 6.0 .818 .000 .727 1.2 0.0 0.4 0.0 5.2
Career 5 0 6.0 .818 .000 .727 1.2 0.0 0.4 0.0 5.2


2015–16 Lokomotiv 23 20 25.2 .431 .253 .767 6.0 1.2 1.3 .9 14.5 14.9
2016–17 Real Madrid 34 15 21.2 .500 .367 .778 5.1 1.1 .4 1.1 10.2 12.6
2017–18† 21 11 17.5 .545 .311 .657 3.8 1.2 .7 .3 8.2 9.6
2018–19 33 33 22.6 .484 .414 .756 4.3 .9 .5 .3 12.5 13.8
Career 78 46 21.5 .528 .312 .752 5.0 1.2 .7 .8 10.9 12.4


2007–08 LSU 31 31 32.8 .464 .105 .693 8.5 1.2 1.1 2.3 15.6
Career 31 31 32.8 .464 .105 .693 8.5 1.2 1.1 2.3 15.6

Personal life

Randolph has a younger sister, Ashley, as well as a younger brother, Robert. Randolph has said that he enjoys fishing and is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

See also

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