The NBA game is much more suited to the skills of Anthony Randolph than it was in 2008 when he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors.
"Now I fit in perfect, right?" Randolph said with a smile.
Randolph has become a quality perimeter shooter and has also gained over 30 pounds since 2008.
"To keep it real, I got knocked down from my pedestal," Randolph said during the Eurobasket group stage in Finland. "I had to go back to the basics. It was a different experience. It helped me realize why I really started playing basketball again."
"I think he should be in the NBA," said Goran Dragic, who came into the NBA the same year as Randolph. "It's just life. He said he made some choices that maybe he would do differently, and I still believe he can make it. He is a huge addition to our team. He can play multiple positions -- 3, 4, 5. He gives us a different type of game. In the past, we never had a guy you can throw an alley-oop to, can switch everything, can take the big guys out, shoot the mid-range or a 3. He's a complete player."
Randolph can make 3s, switch screens and catch lobs, which has put him back onto the NBA radar.
"I won't go back in the NBA just to say, 'Oh, I'm back in the NBA,'" said Randolph, who has an NBA out in his Real Madrid contract next season. "I feel like I have to know that I'm going to have a role and that I can help the team and that I have an opportunity to play. I don't want to go sit on the bench, I want to play. I love playing basketball."