David Lee’s (Assists+Blocks+Points+Rebounds+Steals) – Anthony Randolph’s (Assists+Blocks+Points+Rebounds+Steals)
Because a GM’s résumé is glued to whom he casts away. To trade a young lottery pick is to seal that kid’s future under the résumé’s lamination. So much of Larry Riley’s legacy is out of his hands now. If Anthony Randolph turns into Josh Smith, “Larry Riley” turns into the pejorative. If Anthony Randolph implodes–an “if” less iffy, in light of AR’s early Knicks struggles–the Warriors court relief where regret might lurk.
So, I’m slowly charting the process while not adjusting for pace. Whenever a day sees the Knicks and Warriors play, my recap features the RRI. When it’s in the negative, we’ll know that AR wins the night in this bastardization of fantasy hoops. When it’s in the positive–where the RRI should live–David Lee makes me regret my Randolph regret.
This is an arbitrary measure of success, and it is not trenchant statistical analysis. But it will be an amusing bottom-page graphic for the League Pass addicts who yearn for the day when Anthony turns potential into realization.