If you haven't heard the name Chasson Randle yet, you should get familiar because his stock is about to blow up in a major way.
After taking an elbow to the face courtesy of Lou Amundson in preseason prevented him from making the final roster over Ron Baker. Since then, Randle has made a full recovery and been holding court in the D-League since then. The guard out of Stanford was regarded as one of the best point guards in college basketball as a senior, but after going undrafted and spending time overseas, he is ready to take the NBA by storm.
Randle is a true combo guard, standing at 6’2” with a 6’7” wingspan, he has excelled playing both point guard and shooting guard as both a collegiate and professional. His height is more in line with a point guard, but given his long wingspan he can usually hang with most shooting guards defensively. What he does best is shoot the ball, at a very efficient and impactful rate.
While with the Westchester Knicks, he has lit up almost every opponent. He is currently averaging over 22 points per game while hitting almost 40 percent of his shots from deep and almost 44 percent of his shots overall. He is taking almost seven attempts from three point range per game and hitting on just about three of them.
Randle is a volume scorer, attempting just over 17 shots per game and hitting about eight of them each contest. He really excels off the catch and shoot, but can get his shot off in multiple ways. He is not afraid of driving the lane and looking for contact. As a junior at Stanford, he finished 20 and-one plays in one season. NBA size does not seem to phase him when he drives the lane either, as he looked very good in both Las Vegas and Orlando’s Summer Leagues.
In addition to his abilities as a scorer, Randle is a decent passer and the New York Knicks coaching staff praised his defense during the preseason. Right now, his assist to turnover ratio is not what it should be and does not reflect the type of facilitator he can be, as Randle is currently averaging 3.54 assists to 3.46 turnovers. He needs to work on tightening up his handles and decision making a little if he wants to take his game to the next level.
His decision making is really the only glaring weakness in his game right now, if you could even call it that. He need to work on knowing when to look for his own shot versus making the extra pass, and then knowing where to move the ball in order to get points out of the possession. He is a very effective scorer but he could become deadly if he irons out his decision making.
Randle is hot right now, coming off of back to back games with over 35 points scored. He followed up a 38 point performance on Friday with a 36 point performance on Sunday. In those two games he attempted 20 three pointers and made 16 of them. It was such a hot streak it brought his average on the year up from 26 percent to the respectable 39.5 percent.
What Chasson Randle can offer NBA teams right now is shooting and defense. He is a hard worker that is driven to become the best player he can be. If he can continue his hot streak from three, expect him to get a call up sooner than later. The Knicks are the obvious front runners to call him up, but that would mean cutting Ron Baker, Marshall Plumlee, or Maurice Ndour.
He is technically a free agent, so he can sign anywhere he pleases. Hopefully an NBA team scoops him up before a more lucrative offer comes from overseas. Randle is a hot commodity that’s currently on the verge of hopefully landing on an NBA team near you.