From MOST HATED To KING Of New York
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In a close game against the Hawks with the shot clock running down, Julius Randle is gonna pull off an amazing shot against 2 defenders almost behind the backboard and falling out of bounds. This one one capped off his amazing performance of 44/9/5, as he secured the win for the Knicks. To me however, equally as impressive was this one handed laser pass from 1 corner to the other for the RJ Barret 3, again in the clutch.
Randle has taken his game to a new level this year, so let me break down his game for you, and show you exactly how he changed the narrative from being hated, to Knicks fans hyping him to be an All Star and the most radical ones even claiming that they have a new king in New York. Which they need to chill with that but still.
What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
What I love about Julius is his attack mode. Notice how he goes straight downhill immediately after catching the ball. This is the same technique that Jimmy Butler uses and is so effective with it. No wasting time or dribbles. No left to right, just straight to the rim.
Even with big guys in front like Rudy Gobert right here, or Embiid in this clip-he’s not backing down.
But then check out the ball handling, the footwork, and the quickness for such a big and strong guy like him.
This is almost point guard level type of fluidity on the behind the back and the drive.
Once again against Gobert. Drives, Rudy is there to cut him off, but Julius hits him with a fluent spin and the layup on the left side. Beautiful.
And how many other big men can you name me who do this, but do it at this speed. Coast to coast all the way with the tight dribble and the strong finish. There aren’t a lot on that list I guarantee you that.
Let me give you some numbers for context. Randle is averaging a double double at the moment with career highs in all categories. 23 points, 11 rebounds and the most interesting to me 5 and a half assists.
If you thought however that Randle is getting all of those 23 a night banging under the basket, let me show you just how versatile he is.
Look at the shooting chart and check out the range. Dude is shooting 47% from midrange.
He punishes defenders on the pick and pop with it, but what’s impressive is this fluidity off the dribble. Look at this. And he also has the stepback jumper in his arsenal, which is nearly impossible to block.
The biggest jump however this year has been in Randle’s 3 point percentage.
A 31.5% shooter from downtown for his career, Julius is firing at a 40.5% this season which is a remarkable improvement. Now the defense has to come out even further out to contest him, which of course opens up opportunities for him to blow by with his quick drives.
And when the defense has been there to stop him, he’s been more than a willing passer, finding his teammates and setting them up for the shot.
And it seems like this unselfish type of play has had an impact this year on the team chemistry for the Knicks. They seem like a group that care for one another and play to win as a team.
That’s where you start to see the extra effort, and the hustle plays like these, that everyone including Randle have demonstrated throughout the season.
And that’s how they continue to stay afloat in the playoff race, currently still seeded 6th.
If last year Knicks fans were furious with this signing, alongside a bunch of other big men, now, through extreme hard work, dedication and effort, Julius Randle managed to completely flip the script and he has the entire city of New York cheering for him and this overachieving Knicks team. And thus putting his name in the conversation for the All Star Game. Phenomenal turn of events. Let me know what you think about the Knicks so far and of course the play of Julius Randle. That’s it for now, subscribe and talk to you in the next one. Peace out.