GRIZZLIES: Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph named January’s Western Conference Player of the Month


I've been waiting for them to announce the January Western Conference Player of the Month. The news came out today, and they have chosen Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies. You know what? Zach had a great January, there's no denying that. But Blake Griffin's month was better, almost across the board. Randolph in January - 22.4 points, 14.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 48.4% shooting; Griffin in January - 26 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 50.6% shooting. And if you're thinking that this may have been determined by team record, well the Clippers were 9-5 in January while the Grizz were 11-6 - essentially identical winning percentages. Which leaves me at a loss for how this makes sense. Maybe it's an inherent bias against rookies - a message that Blake needs to be content with Rookie of the Month awards. Maybe it's some sort of consolation prize for Z-Bo, who was left off the All Star team despite his outstanding season so far. But if this is supposed to be based simply on the month each of them had, there's no way that Randolph's month was better than Griffin's. None.