Don’t blame Randy Foye.
He already made it, so he doesn’t have to worry about you, or me, thinking he’s not good enough to cut it. Randy Foye is an NBA player and the league is his oyster … sort of.
Right now, he doesn’t have discretion to go where he pleases … a situation which would probably suit him best. His fate is in the hands of the Wizards. They can elect not to extend Foye, who is at the end of his rookie contract, a qualifying offer ($4.8 million for ’10-11), thus making him an unrestricted free-agent.
Or, they can extend the offer, whereas Foye becomes a restricted free-agent of the Wizards. If he doesn’t receive a longer-term offer from another team, which the Wizards could match, or an offer from the Wizards themselves, he’d end up in D.C. for one season at that $4.8 price and would be an unrestricted free-agent in the Summer of 2011.
I’ve mostly assumed that Ernie Grunfeld will not extend a qualifying offer to Foye. Randy thinks he’s a point guard. Flip Saunders would probably tell you otherwise. Him taking up salary and a roster spot might not be necessary. Simple as that.
On the other hand, you must wonder if Grunfeld will be determined to retain some value from the fifth pick he sent to Minnesota last Summer, along with Darius Songaila, Etan Thomas and Oleksiy Pecherov, in exchange for Foye and Mike Miller — and let’s face it folks, Miller is as good as gone from Washington.
Anything can happen with this Washington NBA franchise.
But it doesn’t matter to Foye because he already made it when the odds were stacked highly against him. When Randy was three years old, he lost his father to a motorcycle accident. When he was five years old, he mother was kidnapped and killed. He was raised by his grandmother.
Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, where over a third of those under 18 live below the poverty line, Foye focused so much on basketball and avoiding the temptation of trouble that he graduated from Villanova in four years and made it all the way to the NBA.
As a young man, he started the Randy Foye Foundation to help youth in Newark and was recently honored for his service by the State of New Jersey with the Governor’s Jefferson Award.
Damn. More than respectable. Unquantifiably respectable. This is the epitome of Randy Foye.
Unfortunately, what exemplified Foye as a basketball player for the Wizards in 2009-10 is no where near as glowing as his off-court presence.
Of course, let’s not forget that the struggles of adapting to an unstable environment made it very difficult on Foye. He was thrust into the role of point guard and he just doesn’t have that ability … although you can’t wholly blame Flip Saunders for looking to a player of his talent to run the show after Arenas was suspended. What other options did he have?
Maybe Foye would be better served on another team in a another system. And maybe, should be return to the Wizards, Saunders just needs to use him differently, use him better. But again, the circumstances shouldn’t cloud the fact that Foye, on a couple occasions last season, stubbornly refused to admit that he just might not be a point guard. All of these factors added together had their effect.
Let’s take a look at some numbers from Synergy Sports Technology to outline the epitome of Randy Foye as a basketball player.
Randy is a decent shooter. Not that his 41.4 FG% would reflect that, but it was an improvement over 40.7% in Minnesota the season before. His ‘effective field-goal percentage’, which accounts for three pointers, was 46.4% this past season.
According to Synergy, Spot-Up shots represented 19.1% of Foye’s offensive plays that ended in a FGA, TO or FT. On those, he managed 1.06 points-per-possession, scored 40.8% of the time and shot 41.7% from the field.
However, on offensive possessions which required more decision-making or skill, Foye did not produce as well. On both Pick & Roll and Isolation offensive opportunities, which accounted for 43.8% and 17.6% of Foye’s chances respectively, he was only able to produce 0.88 PPP in both areas. On P&Rs, he scored 42.1% of the time and shot 43%. On Isolations, he scored 41.5% of the time and shot 37.6%. These numbers represent who Randy Foye is.
Then there’s the play below, in GIF form. Foye fails to wait for/properly use a James Singleton screen, dribbles to an arbitrary spot on the floor, inexplicably picks up his dribble, and when he gets stuck with no where to go, attempts a difficult pass to Mike Miller that results in a turnover for the Wizards.
This is also the epitome of point guard Randy Foye.