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Knicks’ Julius Randle joins historic 2-man club with Celtics icon Larry Bird

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Julius Randle is officially the Most Improved Player for the 2020-21 NBA season. His star turn for the New York Knicks hasn’t just been one of the great stories of the season, it’s also making its mark on NBA history.

The Knicks All-Star posted an unorthodox stat line for a big man. His 24.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game are typical from a thriving bruiser of his size. But his 6.0 assists definitely shows off his versatility, while his 41.1% from the three-point line make him an outright unicorn.

His special season was so rare, in fact, that it’s just the second time it’s ever been done. The first? Boston Celtics legend and one of the original unicorns ever – Larry Bird.

That’s some mighty fine company to enter, Mr. Randle. The Knicks star has had a season to remember, especially with his club finally making the playoffs again for the first time in eight seasons. New York is just buzzing with excitement for their lovable, self-built roster led by Julius Randle himself.

Their playoff run didn’t get off to the best of starts, thanks to a certain Trae Young. But losing Game 1 isn’t the end of the world for the Knicks. If Randle can find his shooting touch, these Knicks are bound to bounce back in Game 2.