The 2020-2021 NBA awards keep on coming, and this time it's New York Knicks All-Star Julius Randle who has been named the Most Improved Player of the Year award, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
New York Knicks All-Star Julius Randle has won the NBA 2020-21 Most Improved Player of the Year award, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 25, 2021
Randle was a huge reason for the Knicks' success on the season, finishing as the 4th-seed in the Eastern Conference. Randle ended the regular season with career-highs basically across the board, as he averages of 24.1 points with 10.2 rebounds and six assists. For comparison, the previous season he averaged 19.5 points per game with 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. His three-point percentage jumped from 27 percent to 41 percent and his free throw shooting improved.
In Tom Thibodeau's first year as the head coach for the Knicks, Randle has found immense success and in turn, was named to his first All-Star team. Plus, New York made its way back to the playoffs.
For the former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, this is only the beginning. He was selected in the top-10 and was a key part of the Lakers team before heading to the New Orleans Pelicans. He then joined the Knicks and has found a home.
For New York, they are hoping he can stay with them long-term and provide the team with some spark. Of course, the Knicks are down 1-0 in their series against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks, but they will surely look to bounce back in Game 2 and even the series before it heads down to Atlanta.
Either way, hats off to Randle on a remarkable season.