In an article by the Commercial Appeal, Zach Randolph does not mind cleaning up after the mess left behind by his teammates. Z-Bo is not known for the greatest athletic ability, but with his size, he can outpower you in the paint. With a talented offensive cast around him, he does not necessarily have to shoot all the time. He can just look for any missed shots by his teammates and clean the mess up with an offensive rebound and/or putback. Z-Bo said,
I’ll just be the garbage man. I’m going to pick your trash up. I’ll do what I’ve got to do.
In other words, he accepts the fact that he can let Marc Gasol or Rudy Gay run the show with the Memphis Grizzlies. His role is to be the gritty player in the post and get dirty with it. That seems to be working for the Grizzlies with a cool 8-1 record at this point.
Randolph is just going out there and proving critics wrong that said he was done. An indicating factor that shows that he is down there getting rebounds and cleaning up the glass is that he currently leads the league in rebounds with an average of 13.9 per game. Another factor that says a lot about Z-Bo is that he is average 17.2 a game, which is the second highest on his team. This is considering most of the offensive plays do not go through him.
Zach Randolph puts in work. He may not be the Kevin Durant’s or Kobe Bryant’s of the league, but he will put up a nice stat line every night.