When it comes to making it to the Final Four, Real Madrid forward Anthony Randolph has often been in the right place at the right time. Randolph has taken part in six Final Fours since his first appearance with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in 2016. Only three American players have been to more Final Fours: Kyle Hines, J.R. Holden and Derrick Sharp.
However, it has not been easy for Randolph, who has battled severe injuries and been largely unavailable for the better part of the last three seasons. Even so, he found ways to contribute at the 2023 Final Four, his fifth with Real, to win his second EuroLeague title with Los Blancos.
Randolph first played the EuroLeague after a stellar 2014-15 EuroCup season with Lokomotiv and all he did was confirm his star potential right away. He averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23 games with Lokomotiv during the 2015-16 campaign, was named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team and led the team to its first-ever Final Four. He even set a Final Four record with 8 offensive rebounds in the semifinal against CSKA Moscow. Randolph joined Real the following season and lifted his first EuroLeague trophy in 2018.
His fate changed in December 2020, in a game against Olympiacos Piraeus. Randolph suffered a town Achilles' Heel in his left leg, which kept him sidelined for almost one year. He turned around to inbound the ball, a routine movement, but slipped and would not play again for exactly 351 days. Randolph returned in December 2021 and slowly found his rhythm to help Real reach the 2021 EuroLeague Championship Game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. He had 6 points in 7 minutes in a losing effort.