Julius Randle is playing at an All-Star level to begin the 2020-21 season, helping the Knicks get off to a surprising 4-3 start despite a handful of injuries and tough opening schedule.
His 22.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game on 51% shooting from the field and 41% from three is an impressive enough snapshot of his hot start, but it doesn’t begin to capture the reformation he’s undergone since last season. This is an entirely new player, an underwhelming flier turned potential cornerstone that’s winning the Knicks basketball games against serious competition.
Before training camp even began, videos of offseason pick-up runs featuring Randle pointed to maybe his most obvious improvement – his conditioning. Randle is in seemingly the best shape of his career, slimmed and toned for improved speed and stamina with the same strength and leaping ability he had previously. This has paid dividends on the defensive end, where the multiple efforts required out of Randle at his position were once a weakness.