Julius Deion Randle called as Julius Randle(born November 29, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In his second season with the Knicks in 2020–21, he was a first-time NBA All-Star and was awarded the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
|No. 30 – New York Knicks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||November 29, 1994 (age 27)
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Prestonwood Christian
|NBA draft||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2014–2018||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2018–2019||New Orleans Pelicans|
|2019–present||New York Knicks|
Julius Randle is the son of Carolyn Kyles, who played basketball at Texas. He is a devout Christian. In college, he visited the team chapel before every home game.
Randle is married to Kendra Shaw. In December 2016, Shaw gave birth to the couple’s first child.
High School Career
Julius Randle attended Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas where he was widely regarded as a top 5 player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Andrew Harrison, and Aaron Gordon.
In August 2012, Randle won the Under Armour Elite 24 dunk Contest and the next day he was named one of the MVPs of the Elite 24 game, where he scored 27 points and led his team to a 164–138 victory.
On March 20, 2013, Randle committed to Kentucky, choosing it over Texas, Kansas and Florida. He then joined twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee as the sixth incoming Kentucky player selected to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game, as well as the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic.
On February 28, 2014, Randle was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year. He went on to help Kentucky reach the national championship game, which they lost to the University of Connecticut.
He ended the 2013–14 season with 24 double-doubles, the second most double-doubles by a UK player in school history, behind Dan Issel’s 25 in 1969–70, and the most double-doubles by a UK freshman (the previous record was shared by DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at 20). In 40 games (all starts), he averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.8 minutes per game.
On April 22, 2014, Randle declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.
Los Angeles Lakers (2014–2018)
Julius Randle was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. On October 28, 2014, after only 14 minutes of official NBA playing time, Randle broke his right tibia during the Lakers’ 2014–15 season opener against the Houston Rockets.
At 21 years old, he became the youngest Lakers player with a triple-double since Magic Johnson. Six days later, he hit a game winning hook shot in the paint with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Lakers to a 102–100 win over the Miami Heat. On April 6, he set a career high with 20 rebounds in a 91–81 loss to the Clippers.
On February 23, 2018, Randle had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 124–102 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On March 11, 2018, he had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in a 127–113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Randle finished the season as the only Laker to appear in all 82 games. As a starter, he averaged 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He became a restricted free agent after the season.
On July 2, 2018, the Lakers renounced Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.
New Orleans Pelicans (2018–2019)
On July 9, 2018, Randle signed a two-year, $18 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. In his debut for the Pelicans in their season opener on October 17, 2018, Randle had 25 points off the bench in a 131–112 win over the Houston Rockets. On November 19, he recorded his sixth career triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes in a 140–126 win over the San Antonio Spurs. On December 3, he scored a career-high 37 points in a 129–126 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
New York Knicks (2019–present)
On July 9, 2019, Randle signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the New York Knicks.
On February 16, 2021, Randle scored 44 points and logged a career-high seven 3-pointers in a 123–112 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On February 23, Randle was named as a reserve for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. On April 16, Randle tied his season high 44 points, while also recording 10 rebounds and 7 assists, to lead the Knicks to a 117–109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. After the end of the regular season, Randle was named the NBA Most Improved Player, receiving 98 of 100 first place votes.
After Randle’s breakthrough season, the Knicks extended his contract in August 2021 with a four-year, $117 million extension.
|Career highlights and awards|
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