Sunday, November 23, 2008

Foye Dishes Career-high 14 Assists

Randy Foye had a career-high 14 assists in a 106-80 Minnesota Timberwolves win over the Detroit Pistons.  It was Minnesota's first road victory of the season.  Foye also had a season-high 23 points on 9-12 shooting (3/4 3-pt) and only two turnovers in 37 minutes.  

Randy got off to a slow start to his third NBA season, and even lost his starting point guard position to Sebastian Telfair.  He has since earned his starting spot back, and after tonight's performance, will likely remain there for some time.  Foye was averaging over 21 points per game over his final five games last season, yet his scoring dropped down to about 10 points per game through the first month of this season. He was especially struggling from 3-point range, where his average dropped from about 40% to 20%.  Also, Foye is only averaging 1.5 trips to the free throw line a game.  Randy received comparisons to Dwyane Wade when he was drafted, but if he wants to be like Dwyane, he needs to attack the basket more often.

Despite his shooting woes, Foye's assist numbers have improved to over five a game this year.  The increase in assists indicate Randy's continued transformation into a complete NBA point guard.  Foye is trying to become a pass-first point guard, and tonight he proved he can score while also setting up his teammates.  He helped lead the team to victory, which is nice, but his Timberwolves appeared to be destined for another trip to the lottery this season.

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