The New York Knicks are actually good again, something we haven’t seen since Carmelo Anthony was still the team’s face of the franchise. But one by one, the memories of the Melo era are turning into vestiges of past Knicks-ian glory, thanks in large part to the leadership of Julius Randle.
According to Stat Muse, Randle’s late-season explosion during Saturday’s 118-109 overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets at home had him pulling off something people had never seen since the heydays of Anthony in Gotham.
Julius Randle had his first career 30-point triple-double, and the first by any Knick since Carmelo Anthony in 2012.
The Knicks are back to the 4th seed. pic.twitter.com/puzpwBLUsj
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 15, 2021
Triple-doubles have been a big story this season because of Washington Wizards’ statistical beast, Russell Westbrook. At the same time, given how great Julius Randle has looked this season, it’s not that much of a surprise that he came up with a 30-point trip-dub. To be honest, I’m even more surprised at the fact that Anthony once posted those kinds of numbers, as he wasn’t really known as a prolific distributor.
Randle and the Knicks are not here to put up gaudy numbers which people have not seen in eight, nine, or 10 years. What the Knicks nation would like to see instead is the entire team achieving what the franchise has not in nearly 50 years — win an NBA title.
The road to winning the NBA championship is going to be a tough one for the Knicks, but at least they have already locked up their spot in the playoffs, where they’ll try to buck the odds and prove they’re more than just one-trick, regular-season ponies.