Julius Randle
Julius Randle
25-Year-Old ForwardF
New York Knicks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The former seventh overall pick in 2014 by the Lakers, Randle spent his first season on a new team in 2018-19, playing 73 games (49 starts) with the Pelicans. He had a career year, posting highs in points (21.4), three-pointers (0.9), steals (0.7) and blocks (0.6) per game, as well as free-throw percentage (73.1). His scoring ability and quality rebounding helped him land a contract with the Knicks, and it seems likely he'll start at power forward for New York. Entering his age 25 season as possibly the best player on the roster, Randle could be primed to take another leap forward statistically. When seeing minutes in the 30s last season, he averaged 24.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Randle also posted 11 games with at least 30 points, including one 40-point effort, plus 32 games with double-digit rebounds and 15 games with five-plus assists. All things considered, Randle should be on everyone's fantasy radar as a potential All-Star in the Eastern Conference. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $62.1 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Julius Deion Randle was born in Dallas in 1994. Randle's mother Carolyn played collegiate basketball at the University of Texas-Arlington. She was Randle's first coach, teaming up with his sister Nastassia to dominate her son in pickup games. Randle developed into a superstar over the course of his four year career at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, where he won state titles in his freshman, junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he averaged 32.5 points and 22.5 rebounds per game, pouring in 34 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in each of his final three contests. Ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the nation by Rivals, Randle chose the University of Kentucky over the likes of Kansas, Texas and Florida. As a pro, Randle has worked with multiple youth-oriented charity organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the LA Harbor Boys & Girls Club, Toys For Tots, the Lakes Youth Foundation and Trees for Threes. Randle is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. You can follow Julius Randle on Twitter @J30_RANDLE and on Instagram @juliusrandle30.

College/International Summary

For his one season at Kentucky, Randle was a proverbial double-double machine. The 6-foot-8 forward led the Wildcats with 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He accumulated 24 double-doubles to set a freshman standard. He fell one double-double shy of the school record set by Dan Issel in 1969-70. Randle opened the season with six straight double-doubles, including 27 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Michigan State in the Champions Classic. He scored a season-high 29 points with 10 boards in a win over Belmont. In SEC play, Randle averaged 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds. The Wildcats reached the finals of both the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. The forward had double-doubles in his first four games in the Big Dance, including 16 points and 11 rebounds in an Elite Eight win over Michigan. He was named to the First Team All-SEC squad, the NCAA Tournament Final Four All-Tournament Team and SEC Rookie of the Year. After one season with the Wildcats, Randle declared for the 2014 draft.

Records double-double in win
FNew York Knicks
March 9, 2020
Randle compiled 22 points (7-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 12 rebounds, three steals and an assist across 33 minutes in Sunday's 96-84 win over the Pistons.
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Randle has recorded seven double-doubles over his last 10 games, but it hasn't kept the Knicks above water. Despite Randle's excellent play, they went 3-7 over that span and have exhausted any chance to gain much ground in the East. Despite the team's current woes, the standout big man is averaging 19.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists through 62 games this season.
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Randle appeared in 64 games for the Knicks during the 2019-20 season. He averaged 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds (his 622 total rebounds ranked ninth in the NBA) and 3.1 assists in 32.5 minutes. He shot 46.0 percent from the field, hit a career-high 1.0 threes per game at 27.7 percent and shot a career-high 73.3 percent from the free-throw line. Dec. 26 against the Nets, Randle set a new career high with five made threes. That game, he also had 33 points (14-26 FG, 5-9 3Pt), eight rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes. Randle's other single-game season highs were 35 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks. Arguably Randle's best overall performance of the season occurred Nov. 18 against the Cavaliers. Across 32 minutes, he posted 30 points (12-17 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block with just one turnover. It was one of Randle's eight 30-point games. He also had seven games with at least 15 rebounds and 11 games with at least five assists. Plus, he accumulated four games with at least three steals and 16 games with at least one block.

2018

The 2018-19 season was Randle's age 24 season and his fifth in the league. He played 73 games, drawing 49 starts. He played 30.6 minutes per game, the most of his career, and made strides as a scorer, averaging a career-high 21.4 points. He did so while shooting 52.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three and 73.1 percent from the charity stripe -- the latter two signifying career marks. He ranked top-20 in the NBA in two-point field goals (504), free-throws made (356), points per game and rebounds per game (8.7). In the 42 games that he saw at least 30 minutes, he averaged 25.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Arguably his best performance of the season took place during a 12-point loss to the Trail Blazers on Mar. 15. Randle scored a career-high 45 points (20-34 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-11 FT), and racked up 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals in 42 minutes. That performance was one of his 31 double-doubles. Randle also had one triple-double on the season.

2017

In technically his fourth NBA season, Randle blossomed into arguably the Lakers' top offensive weapon. He played in all 82 games for the first time in his career, picking up 49 starts and averaging 26.7 minutes per contest. The former Kentucky Wildcat tied with Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma in Los Angeles in scoring (16.1 points per game) and led the team in rebounding (8.0 rebounds per game). He also registered a career-high 55.8 field goal percentage. Randle's advanced stats also provided evidence of his growth. His 60.6 true shooting percentage and 18.8 efficiency rating were both top marks for his career. The former lottery pick got better as the season wore on as his per game scoring average increased each month from October to March. Randle excelled after the All-Star break, ranking 16th in the NBA with 9.4 rebounds per game while notching 19.5 points per contest. Overall, he placed among the top 20 in the Association with 28 double-doubles. On Feb. 23, Randle recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in his lone triple-double of the season during a victory over Dallas. In another outstanding performance, Randle scored a season-high 36 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out seven assists in a win over Cleveland on Mar. 11. Altogether, he tallied double-digit points in all but 13 contests in which he played. His 654 total rebounds ranked 17th in the NBA.

2016

The 2016-17 season was Julius Randle's third with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 22-year-old appeared in 74 games, logging 73 starts, and he dramatically improved his shooting accuracy. Randle shot 48.8 percent from the field this season, after posting a 42.9 mark during the 2015-16 campaign. On Nov. 15, Randle registered a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Nets. On Jan. 3, Randle dished a career-high 11 assists as part of a triple-double during a win over Memphis that also included 19 points and 14 boards. On March 7, Randle registered his third triple-double of the season with 13 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss at Dallas. On March 15, Randle exploded for a career-high 32 points, plus eight boards, during a loss at Houston. His 636 total rebounds ranked 20th in The Association. Randle finished the season with 18 double-doubles and 29 games with 15 or more points scored.

2015

Technically, the 2015-16 season was Julius Randle's second in The Association. However, Randle suffered an ugly broken leg in his first professional game after only 14 minutes of action on Opening Night of the 2014-15 campaign. That ended his rookie season before it really began. Randle would bounce back impressively during his sophomore campaign. The 21-year-old averaged a double-double of 11.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game through 81 games (60 starts). On Dec. 2, Randle grabbed a then-career-high 19 rebounds in a win at Washington. On Jan. 29, Randle scored a career-high 23 points, to go with 14 rebounds, in a loss to the Clippers. On March 25, the big forward registered his first career triple-double with 13 points, an astonishing 18 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Nuggets. On April 6, Randle established a new career high with 20 rebounds in a loss to the Clippers. Randle finished the season with 34 double-doubles and scored 15 or more points 25 times. His 829 total rebounds ranked sixth in the NBA.

2014

Julius Randle was selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Kentucky product made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 28. The rookie came off the bench and played just under 14 minutes before suffering a tibia fracture in his right leg. The ugly injury forced the 20-year-old to miss the remainder of 2014-15 season. The Lakers finished with a record of 21-61 and missed the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 13, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 8, 2018
    Signed a two-year agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans. The second year of the contract is a player option.
  • June 16, 2019
    Declined player option for 2019-20 season with the Pelicans. Enters free agency.
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed three-year contract agreement with the New York Knicks.
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After a slow start to the 2017-18 season, Randle came on strong to finish the year, boosting his Fantasy stock across the board. He played in all 82 games and ended the season as the Lakers' leader in scoring and rebounding, while shooting an impressive 56 percent from the field. Despite the way he finished the season, Randle was still not assured of his role moving forward and opted to test the free agency waters. The Pelicans clearly liked what they saw from Randle, and he'll step in as Anthony Davis' new frontcourt partner following the departure of DeMarcus Cousins. Teaming with Davis, a fellow Kentucky product, could entail an adjustment process, but the Pelicans aren't overly deep up front, so Randle should see plenty of opportunity. While he'll battle Nikola Mirotic for minutes at the four, Randle is the more natural fit next to Davis, and Mirotic is more than capable of sliding down to the wing in certain lineups. Production-wise, a replication of last season's numbers seems fairly realistic, but it remains to be seen whether Randle will be able to maintain his scoring efficiency. Putting up points and rebounds are what Randle does best, and though he's flashed some improvement on the defensive end, he's not likely to be much of a contributor in blocks (0.5 per game in 2017-18) or steals (0.5 per game).
In what was effectively his second NBA season after a broken leg suffered in his NBA debut limited him to just one game as a rookie in 2014-15, Randle elevated his marks in just about every category except rebounds, averaging 13.2 points, 8.6 boards and 3.6 assists in 28.8 minutes per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor. It’s certainly a positive development when a young player shows year-to-year gains in both efficiency and statistical production, though Randle’s growth may have been a little flatter than some expected, particularly on the defensive end. Randle’s lack of rim-protecting skills and inability to lock down rangier power forwards may inhibit his outlook a bit in real-life terms, but he carries much more appeal for Fantasy purposes. Aside from the nearly six-point improvement he showed in field-goal percentage, Randle’s transformation into a playmaker was the most positive development of his 2016-17 campaign. For a player listed at 6-foot-9, Randle showed unusual comfort with handling the ball and finding open teammates, which translated to a nice boost in his assist totals. Among frontcourt players, only Nikola Jokic (six) and Draymond Green (five) ended up with more triple-doubles than Randle, who collected three on the season. With the Lakers adding more outside shooting to the roster this summer in veteran center Brook Lopez, swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, Randle is in good shape to add more assists to his ledger, though the upgraded supporting cast could have a more negative impact on his scoring. Randle must also make further strides on the defensive end to ensure he doesn’t lose out on playing time to the likes of Larry Nance and rookie Kyle Kuzma.
After missing all but 14 minutes of his rookie season with a broken leg, Randle returned to play 81 games in 2015-16, averaging 11.3 points, 10.2 points and 1.8 assists across what was an up-and-down campaign. Randle found himself in and out of former coach Byron Scott’s doghouse for much of the year and didn’t stick in a full-time starting role until February. That didn’t stop him from posting respectable counting stats, but Randle’s 42.9 percent mark from the field fell well below an acceptable level for a power forward. While Randle’s ability to handle the ball in the open court and create off the dribble is intriguing, his decision-making needs work, and it’s unclear how long of a leash new coach Luke Walton will give him. The Lakers also added Luol Deng, Yi Jianlian and Brandon Ingram this offseason to join Larry Nance, all four of whom could see time as small-ball power forwards, potentially cutting into Randle’s minutes load. That said, the 21-year-old Randle remains one of the Lakers’ three best long-term assets, and with the Lakers entering a developmental phase, he’ll likely be given every opportunity to prove he’s capable of holding on to the starting power forward spot long term.
While not technically a rookie, Randle should be considered a first-year player for all intents and purposes, as he played just 14 minutes last season, before succumbing to a fractured right tibia in the season's opening game. In his 2015 Summer League campaign, Randle played just 20 minutes per game in his four games, averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 40 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free-throw line. Not only is Randle recovering from his leg fracture, and may continue to be on a minutes restriction through the season's early going, but the Lakers signed Brandon Bass in free agency to compete with Randle for the minutes at power forward. With coach Byron Scott still in charge, there's a big chance that he favors the veteran option in Bass, which would render Randle as not useful in standard fantasy leagues. Looking back at Randle's stats in his last full season as a freshman at Kentucky, he averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.1 three-pointers, shooting 50 percent from the field and 71 percent from the line in 31 minutes. The lack of numbers outside of points and rebounds could limit Randle's fantasy upside for this season, and his potential in dynasty leagues.
The seventh-overall selection of the 2014 NBA Draft was the earliest selection the Lakers have had since picking James Worthy number one overall back in 1982. In fact, when they chose Randle, it marked the first time the Lakers had a first-round selection since taking Toney Douglas in 2009, and even then, Douglas was immediately traded to the New York Knicks. So, with a dearth of young talent on the team, Randle figures to be the face of the future for the storied franchise. Many thought Randle would be carrying a large load this season as the featured player down low, but the amnesty acquisition of Carlos Boozer tempered those expectations somewhat. There's no doubting Randle is the team's future. Last season, in his only season at Kentucky, Randle averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 31 minutes per game through 40 games. He shot 50 percent from the field on 9.8 attempts and 71 percent from the line on 7.2 attempts. Over the course of this season, the big man from Kentucky will likely play around 20-24 minutes per night, although he needs to improve his defensive statistics to become an elite fantasy option.
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Scores 32, grabs 11 boards
FNew York Knicks
March 4, 2020
Randle recorded 32 points (12-21 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT) and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 112-104 loss to the Jazz.
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Third straight double-double
FNew York Knicks
March 3, 2020
Randle notched 16 points (5-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes during Monday's 125-123 win over the Rockets.
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Double-doubles with 30 and 10
FNew York Knicks
February 27, 2020
Randle posted 30 points (11-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes during Thursday's loss to the 76ers.
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Another double-double
FNew York Knicks
February 25, 2020
Randle went for 17 points (5-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 123-112 loss at Houston.
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Racks up 35 points, 18 boards
FNew York Knicks
February 9, 2020
Randle amassed 35 points (13-25 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 9-12 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 46 minutes during Sunday's 140-135 double-overtime loss to the Hawks.
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