The Julius Randle that plays for the New York Knicks today is different from the Julius Randle that was drafted with the seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 Draft.
In his six seasons in the NBA, Randle has had to adjust to the league’s style of play and change his game, which finally paid dividends as he enjoys a breakout season in his second year with the Knicks.
Randle’s development as a player hasn’t gone unnoticed, and even Detroit Pistons head coach dwane casey voiced his admiration for his game, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News.
“That young man is a great example of how guys develop. He’s reshaped his game…he’s a hard cover and when you get him off his sweet spot, you have to guard his tendencies,” Casey said of the Knicks star.
Dwane Casey spoke about Julius Randle following the Knicks’ 109-90 win over the Pistons on Sunday. Casey and Detroit saw Randle flash his deadly form firsthand, as he led the ‘Bockers with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting while adding eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in 38 minutes of action.
A much-improved aspect of the Kentucky product’s retooled game is his 3-point shooting, as he never shot better than 34 percent from beyond the arc during his time with the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans. But this season, the 26-year old is shooting 41.6 percent from downtown in 34 games and made three of six outside shots against Detroit.
Given his career-best numbers in scoring, rebounding, assists and his improved shooting, it’s no surprise that Randle was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. He’s already gotten to the point where even opposing coaches have to stop and admire how far he’s come as a player.