The New York Knicks have won five straight for the first time since 2014. The Knicks are now 30-27 and in the thick of the top six spots in the East playoff race.
Tom Thibodeau has elevated the expectations and professionalism of this team, but Julius Randle has elevated his play to All NBA levels this year.
Randle is without a doubt having his best season as a pro, and has established himself as a bonafide number one option on a playoff-contending team. The only question now is whether Randle will be rewarded with a spot on one of the three All NBA teams at the end of the season.
Randle’s numbers are excellent in many categories this year. He is averaging 23.6/10.6/6 in points, rebounds, assists respectively per game, shooting over 46% from the floor, and 41% from the three-point line. Randle is carrying the offensive load and doing so efficiently.
Randle has also played 56 of the team’s 57 games this year. If he is to make an All NBA team, this would be the determining factor. As a forward, Randle is in a group of some of the premier players in the league, and there are only six forward spots for the three teams, so good players will be left off.
With that being said, many of the forwards we annually see on the All NBA teams have missed a lot of games this season. Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo have all missed over 10 games this season. Remember, All NBA is not about who is most valuable to their team, and is most definitely a regular-season honor. With the numbers Randle has put up, and the games missed by many of his counterparts, he certainly deserves serious consideration.
Right now, the Knicks are focused on staying in the top six in the East. If he can keep the New York Knicks out of the ‘play in’ scenario in the East, he may be rewarded with All NBA honors.