Randy Foye is in a tough spot. Through no fault of his own, Foye is firmly on track to become the whipping boy of this year’s Clippers. Does he have a bad attitude? No. Before Billups’ injury, he played workmanlike backup minutes without a peep. No, Foye’s sin, like Keith Bogans’ last year in Chicago, is that he probably isn’t good enough to start for a championship team.
But here’s the good news – the perception is worse than the reality. Yes, Foye can be a frustrating player. Three-pointers make up almost half his shots, despite a 33% clip that marks him as distinctly “pretty good.” But he’s a surprisingly good passer who runs the fast-break lob as well as anyone on the team.
Most importantly, he’s played above average defense. According to Basketballvalue.com, Foye is a member of the Clippers’ two most efficient defensive lineups, both of which are a whopping 20+ points better on defense than the same lineup with Mo in Foye’s place. The Clippers have players who will win them games – Foye just needs to help keep them close.