As someone who doesn't watch college basketball regularly my first vivid memory of Randy Foye was that of him on draft night back in 2006. He was a combo guard taken #7 (higher than Gordon Hayward at #9 or Alec Burks at #12, for your 'young hot shot' scorecard), and he missed his parents and wished they could see him now. Foye was a sympathetic character to me, and I wished him well. His draft night was pretty crazy, as he was drafted by the Boston Cletics, then traded (with Dan Dickau and Raef LaFrentz) to the Portland Trail Blazers for Theo Ratliff and Sebastian Telfair . . . and then traded the same night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Brandon Roy. He was traded one more time, years later, after failing to live up to the expectations of a high lottery pick, and sent with Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards for Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songaila, and Etan Thomas . . . and the future draft pick that turned into Ricky Rubio. So, I guess the T-Wolves finally got the PG they were looking for when they traded for Foye. Foye played out his rookie contract's last year with the Wizards, then signed a two year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers where he made $4.25m each season. He took a huge pay cut this season when he signed with the Utah Jazz for $2.5m. This year's earnings are his second lowest in his career, and only about $50,000 more than his rookie year. His career average salary for his 7 years in the NBA (including this year) comes out to $3,210,200. Seven months from now he'll be 30, and on the downside of his career. So, effectively, for Mr. Foye it's now or never for a big payday. To his credit, he's completely transformed himself from a generalist, and combo guard into a super specialist. He's a three point shooter who excels at spot up threes (he's not so hot at creating his own shot -- just watch last night's game again to see this in action). This season he's shooting a career high from downtown, 41.5 3pt%, which is much higher than his 37.5 3pt% career average. Interestingly enough, the ratio of his career three point attempts (1675) to total field goal attempts (4468) is ALSO 37.5%. That said, his shooting has become increasingly more disproportionate, and skewed towards taking threes. Two seasons ago 40.9% of all of his shots were threes. Last year 51.1% of all his shots were threes. This year? This season 56.7% of all his shots are threes.
Utah Jazz guard Randy Foye is a free agent looking to cash in this off-season, but . . .
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