While he last played in the NBA in 2018, Zach Randolph has officially announced his retirement from professional basketball.
Playing his college ball at Michigan State, “Z-Bo” was the 19thOverall Pick in 2001, when he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. The Power Forward became a fulltime starter in his third year (2003-04), where he broke out with a double-double season of 20.1 Points and 10.5 Rebounds per Game. For his efforts, he would win the NBA Most Improved Player of the Year.
Similar seasons followed, and he was traded to the New York Knicks on a draft day deal in 2007. Randolph continued to be a near double-double player and would do so with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played for a little less than a season when he was traded 11 games into the 2008-09 campaign. He was then moved to Memphis, which would be the team where he became most associated with.
It was in Memphis, where he went to two All-Star Games (2010 & 2013), and had his most productive year (2010-11), with a PPG of 20.1 and 12.2 RPG. That year, he would be a Third Team All-Star, and twice with the Grizzlies, he would have two years where he finished first in Offensive Rebounds.
He would finish his career, with a season with the Sacramento Kings.
Randolph retires with 1,116 Games Played, and averages of 16.6 Points and 9.1 Rebounds per Game. He will be eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2022, and while that might seem like a long shot, he will be ranked on a future list.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Zach Randolph for the on the court memories, and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.