After a 2021-22 season that led to many New York Knicks fans wanting to see Julius Randle traded, the 28-year-old forward was named a 2023 All-Star reserve on Thursday on TNT.
Randle is averaging a career-high 24.7 points to go with a career-high 10.9 rebounds in 52 games. He’s shooting 45.8% from the floor, the highest for him since his first season in New York, and 34.1% from three.
Knicks fans assumed that either Randle or Jalen Brunson would be named an All-Star, perhaps both, but with one envelope remaining, the TNT crew announced that Randle would be going to Salt Lake City.
It’s good to see a Knick back in the All-Star Game, but as Charles Barkley said, Brunson’s name should’ve been listed as a reserve, too.
Julius Randle will represent Knicks at 2023 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, Jalen Brunson snubbed
Let’s take a look at how Knicks Twitter reacted to the reveal of the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves.
As mentioned, Julius Randle earning his second All-Star honor for the Knicks after the season that he had 2021-22 can’t be understated.
Get your money, Julius!
Yes, that’s a dialogue that needs to be had. Jrue Holiday and DeMar DeRozan (even Tyrese Haliburton) over Jalen Brunson? Make it make sense, please.
Okay, so Mikal Bridges isn’t a member of Knicks Twitter, but you can call him a Knicks fan because he’s a fan of Jalen Brunson, his former Villanova teammate. Brunson WAS robbed!
Yes, Brunson should be the first replacement over other players like James Harden and Trae Young.
Jalen Brunson is out for New York’s game against Miami on Thursday with a non-COVID illness. If we were him, we’d be sick too, but for another reason.
Although Jalen Brunson deserved to be an All-Star reserve, don’t let that overshadow the fact that Julius Randle is an All-Star. Both should be going to Salt Lake City, though!