Fading Fast: Julius Randle
Thankfully, for the sake of your eyes and those of New York Knicks fans around the world, Julius Randle finally had a good game.
After six-straight clunkers to start the season, approaching record-breaking levels of cold shooting, Randle had a good game on Monday night against the LA Clippers, shooting….well, just 42.9 percent from the field, with six turnovers and just three assists. But he scored 27 points!
That’s the reality with Randle. He continues to take such a large volume of shots that it’s nearly impossible for him to truly elevate this offense. He may fight and claw his way to a decent point total, but it comes at the cost of smart offense for the rest of the team. And that’s not simply philosophical; per Cleaning the Glass, the Knicks are 10.7 points per 100 possessions worse on offense when Randle plays than when he sits.
The Knicks have played 183 competitive possessions without Julius Randle on the court this season. In those possessions, their offensive rating is 114.8, just above league average, and they have an overall net rating of +12.6. In 491 possessions with Randle on the court, the Knicks have an offensive rating of 104.1, in the bottom-10th of the league, and have a -2.3 net rating overall.
Randle has hit just 35 of his 117 field goal attempts this season, an abysmal 29.9 percent. Among all 163 players that have taken at least 50 shots this season, Randle ranks 161st in field goal percentage, barely ahead of rookie Scoot Henderson and backup forward Georges Niang.
Now is probably a poor time to remind Knicks fans that Randle is making $90 million over the next three seasons.
Randle will shoot better, but even the optimistic view has to wrestle with the ceiling he puts on the offense given his large usage and inefficient diet of shots. The Knicks need to decide what they are going to do with Randle, and they should hurry because his stock is fading fast.
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