25. Julius Randle
Randle underwent a resurgence during the second half of the 2018 season. The burly power forward made a much-needed switch to the small-ball center role, and proceeded to dominate opposing frontcourts with a rare blend of strength and speed. A natural scorer and rebounder, Randle averaged an impressive 22.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in March of last year.
His impressive tear to close the season sparked the interest of the New Orleans Pelicans, who eventually inked the 23-year-old to a two-year deal over the summer. While Randle is an improving player with interesting tools, it’s likely that the Pelicans will endure some buyer’s remorse after they see their player in action. Randle has virtually no jump shot to speak of, and has become increasingly stingy with the ball since entering the league. His ball-hogging tendencies can make him a one-dimensional player, and not an ideal fit in a frontcourt that features an interior force like Anthony Davis.
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24. Marc Gasol
Gasol was once a great player and was firmly in the discussion for the best center in the league. However, after injuries and age have taken a toll, Gasol is now a shell of his former self. He’s not close to the defender he was when he hoisted the Defensive Player of the Year trophy in 2013. The 7-foot Spaniard shot just 42 percent from the field in a tough 2018, and wasn’t very efficient from beyond the arc (34 percent on threes). While he can still be a serviceable big, the 33-year-old Gasol has seen his best days pass him by.
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