If this team is serious about picking up a young, developing PF, I think we should look no further than Denver's Anthony Randolph.
" Has really developed as the season has gone on, and is beginning to dominate on a regular basis ... Causes mayhem crashing the glass, often following teammates shots with highlight one handed finishes ... Also shows solid vision and playmaking ability for teammates ... Has a lot of defensive potential. Blocks a ton of shots (2.3 pg) for a wing player due to his length, timing and explosiveness ... Shows good promise as a free throw shooter (70%), hard work and repetition should help him increase it ..."
He came into the Draft as a wing player, but has shown that he can play the 4. Showed great potential in the Summer League in 09, coming a close second to Blake Griffin in MVP votes. Lamar Odom even had this to say about him:
“It’s like looking in the mirror a little. He’s also 6-11, he’s left-handed and he can put the ball on the floor. He’s two times as athletic as I was at that age.
He should set his goals high. He has All-Star potential, Hall of Fame potential, with that size, his ability to put the ball on the floor, he can shoot the three, he can pass. If he stays focused, the sky is the limit for him.”
Many scouting reports have called him a mix of Chris Bosh and Tayshaun Prince. With a small contract (3 yrs, $5.25 million) and numbers that don't really jump out at you (7.9 pts, 4.8 reb, 1 blk), this guy can fly under the radar enough to be a steal in future years.
I think this is just the guy to replace ED, and in fact, I think he has WAY more potential than ED. Given the minutes and a bigger role (currently avg 6 mpg) he could develop into the PF of the future for the Raps. If we could swing this, it'd be like having a draft pick, full of potential.