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News » Unexpected play from newcomer

Unexpected play from newcomer

Unexpected play from newcomerVladimir Radmanovic has been a bit of an enigma in his first six games with the Warriors .

The 6-foot-10 forward, who was acquired Nov. 16 in the Stephen Jackson trade, hasn't been the shooter the Warriors hoped, but he's been a better defender and rebounder than advertised.

"He's surprised us, because he's been better defensively than what people give him credit for," acting coach Keith Smart said. "He's guarded the pick-and-roll, and he has guarded postups. He has done more than I thought he would do."

In a stretch against some of the best power forwards in the league, Radmanovic has proven willing to accept the tough assignments. He's made Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol work hard to post numbers.

Radmanovic, who has averaged 4.1 rebounds a game over his career, has also mixed in two double-digit rebounding games. The thing he hasn't done well is shoot the ball.

The threat of him shooting has spread the floor and opened the lane for Monta Ellis to drive, but Radmanovic, a career 38.2 percent three-point shooter, has made 5 of 21 attempts with the Warriors .

"That's going to come," Smart said. "He's still trying to get adjusted to a new system. We get upset when he doesn't shoot when he's open, because that's a gift that he has.

"I think he'll come around once he figures out that it's OK to take that shot."

If Radmanovic does find his stroke to go along with the return of big man Ronny Turiaf, it could mean less playing time for second-year forward Anthony Randolph. He logged just 15 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Lakers.

"Competition is going to make you do one of two things: You're either going to get up, work hard and play or you're going to go into a shell," Smart said. "Randolph has a competitive edge about him, and I think he's going to work."

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