Fourth-year player for the Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle has been consistently improving throughout his young career. After missing his rookie season with an injury that occurred in his first NBA game, he has only missed nine games in the three seasons since. Every year Randle has been in the NBA, his points per game have gone up along with his field goal percentage. This season he has been averaging; 15.5 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.5 percent from the field. It is clear Randle is a good player in this league, but the potential he has shown as of late is something not many people expected.
Since January 13th Julius Randle has been averaging 20.2 points per game, helping the Lakers to a 16-9 record in that stretch. While Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have had most of the media spotlight for Los Angeles, Randle has arguably made just as big of an impact. Maybe not throughout the whole season, but in 2018 Julius Randle has had a ton of huge games propelling the Lakers to victory. With that being said Los Angeles may not be a permanent home for Randle, as he is a free agent this upcoming off-season.
With each game that Julius Randle plays well in, the harder it will be for the Lakers to keep him. He will be getting quite a bit of money this summer and Los Angeles needs to save all the cap space they can. This salary space will be necessary if they are serious about going after to max contract worthy free agents ( LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, etc. ). As for Randle, a change of scenery could end up being a positive for him. A fresh start and maybe being more of a focal point in an offense could develop him even further a young player. It just depends on where he lands, a few teams that are likely to target Julius Randle would be; the Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Clippers. All are teams searching for young talent and come the offseason will likely be willing to pay quite a bit for a small ball Center.
Julius Randle’s game has evolved year after year and now more than ever teams are looking for players like him. With the recent success of Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors, General Managers are looking for players like him to play Center. Now Randle is not the next Draymond Green, but he does have a similar body type and the aggressiveness to play down low. The better he plays the more teams will talking to him this summer. Whether Randle will be a Laker next season is yet to be determined, but either way, he has shown he is one of the most intriguing young players in the NBA.