Last season when the Utah Jazz made the play-offs they had so many things going for them. The shortened season would give the Jazz youth a chance to exploit the aging teams keeping them company in the play-offs. The Jazz would be able to showcase their greatest weapon in Paul Millsap, arguably one of the most explosive power forwards in the league. Coach Corbin would be able to use his deep and talented bench. Despite all that and more, the Jazz were clearly missing a couple of important pieces, and San Antonio Spurs had no problem showing them exactly what they were. The Spurs exploited holes in the Jazz defense, and never feared the Jazz perimeter shooting.
In the off season Jazz fans looked to see what moves would be made to shore up these glaring weak spots. Amid the trades and signings one particular move would ensure teams would have to fear the Jazz outside shooting, which was the signing of guard Randy Foye.
Randy was recruited to play for Villanova after his impressive play at East Side High School in Newark. He would emerge as Villanova’s greatest weapon, and carry them into the Elite Eight eventually losing to Florida. Foye’s senior year marked the pinnacle of his college career.
Foye was drafted seventh overall in 2006. He would spend his rookie season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Regardless of the fact that Randy had to fight for minutes behind six guards, he would finish his rookie season averaging 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, .65 steals, and .3 blocks. His rookie performance would place him third in 3-point shooting percentage (37%), third in free throw shooting percentage (85%), fifth in assists (2.8 average per game), and fifth in scoring against his draft class. A draft class that included players like Rajon Rondo, Brandon Roy, Ronnie Brewer, J.J. Redick, and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Minnesota would trade him to the Wizards, and in 2010 would be one of several players fined by the Washington Wizards for participating in an incident where Gilbert Arenas would make light of his gun episode. In Washington he would average only 23.8 minutes per game, and even with decent shooting percentages, he would only carry 10.1 average points per game.
Randy would go on to sign with the Clippers in 2010, but despite averaging more minutes per game, his stats would remain the same as with the Wizards for the most part. It was clear from last season that the Clippers were going to move in a different direction.
The 29 year old Foye brings his six years of experience to the Jazz, and most importantly he brings a mixture of great outside shooting and tough defense. Though it may be tricky at times to figure out what rotation the Jazz will be using, I expect that Coach Corbin will bring Foye off the bench to both spark a scoring run with 11 points per game, and/or keep great defensive pressure. The Jazz have dramatically improved their three point shooting with three players in the top 40, and players to fill the gaps in the defense. Personally I think Randy Foye will be the leading edge of a very versatile and dangerous Utah Jazz bench.