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Julius Randle vocal on what’s behind his MVP-level play

Julius Randle, Knicks

It’s a long shot for New York Knicks star Julius Randle to win the MVP plum this season. But his stellar performance has gained the respect of many that veteran TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy believes Randle should get a vote or two for MVP. But as far as Randle is concerned, everything he does night in and night out is always for the team.

This season is hands down Randle’s best in his seven-year tenure in the NBA. He was named an All-Star for the first time many experts believe he’ll likely be in one of the three All-NBA Teams. Randle may be pleased with the individual accolades, but the root of them all is his desire to help out the Knicks (via Marc Berman of the New York Post).

“Me and Thibs will talk about it all the time. Thibs tells the team all the time: When a team does well, everybody’s value goes up. We’re playing well as a team. As a unit, guys are making me look good. I’m doing my best to try to help other guys out. It’s really just a tribute and an honor to our team, how well we’re playing right now.”

Randle added he hopes his impressive play will continue to urge his teammates, so everybody will get the respect they deserve and make it to the NBA Playoffs.

“We’ve just got to keep it going. Winning takes care of all that. Everybody gets recognized on a higher level when we’re winning.’’

With less than 20 games left, the Knicks sport a 31-27 record for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The job’s not finished yet, however, as they have to hold on to their spot to avoid the play-in tournament. But with Julius Randle at the forefront, they seem to be peaking at the perfect time.