(KJG is ranking the top 10 games of the 2012-13 for each player that made our top 30 list, which you can find here)
2012-2013 Statistics: 15.4 points (.460/.087/.750), 11.2 rebounds (4.1 offensive), 1.4 assists (2.0 turnovers), 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks (2.4 fouls) in 34.3 minutes (76 games)
Zach Randolph’s per-minute stats suggest that his last season was virtually identical to 2011-2012. However, playing an extra 1,900 minutes was enough to lead the Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56 wins. Randolph’s game has fallen off considerably since tearing his ACL 20 months ago, and he’s not the best Grizzly on either side of the ball. That said, Randolph is essential to Memphis’ identity as a bullyball outfit. The Grizzlies impose a slow, grinding halfcourt style on their opponents, overwhelming them with size, strength and physicality. Randolph is the poster boy, a wide, skilled body who seeks out contact so he can leave bruises; by the fourth quarter, most just give up.
Last year, the Grizzlies went as far as Zach Randolph could take them, and that was the Western Conference Finals. While his averages are pedestrian, Randolph had some downright beastly performances along the way. Using John Hollinger’s Game Score metric, here are the 10 best games Randolph played last season.