No one really knew what the New York Knicks were doing when they added several high-profile free agents, mostly at power forward in the 2019 offseason.
With Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris no longer present, the team has stuck with Julius Randle, and it’s paid off in a big way. In his second season in the Big Apple, Randle is making history.
Just weeks after former Wildcat and teammate Immanuel Quickley made history with the most free throw makes through 100 attempts, Randle becomes the first New York Knick to post two single-season triple-doubles since 1989, according to 247Sports.
Randle’s second triple-double of the season came Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. He posted 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists on an efficient 8-for-15 from the field. He also dribbled three triples.
While this type of performance is a rarity for Randle, being the Knicks' most dominant offensive player isn’t. He’s averaging a career-high 22.9 points per game and has his Knicks in playoff contention for the first time in over half a decade.
That said, Randle’s first triple-double came against the Cavaliers in just the fourth game of the season. It actually seems shocking that given how much he has the ball in his hands that it took him over half the season to get his second one.
Against Cleveland, he went for 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. Randle’s been one assist away from a triple-double twice as he typically can hit that double-figure rebound total.
Randle did his best to match that again Monday night vs. the Brooklyn Nets, as he finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a five-point loss.
For just the second time in his career, Randle is averaging over 10 boards per game. This time around though, he’s finding his teammates and becoming more of a distributor, averaging 5.7 assists per game.
Randle has transcended into one of the best forwards in the league and is finally commanding the respect that the former No. 7 overall pick of the Los Angeles Lakers has deserved.