In recognition of his breakout season with the New York Knicks, Julius Randle will be heading to his first All-Star Game.
New York Knicks fans can finally take a deep breath because Julius Randle is an All-Star per Shams Charania of The Athletic. The seventh-year forward out of the University of Kentucky is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround from year one to year two with the Knicks.
Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star reserves:
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
This is the first All-Star for the organization since Kristaps Porzingis in 2017-18.
Entering Tuesday night’s game with the Golden State Warriors, Randle is averaging 23.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. But the shooting efficiency is even more surprising than the impressive box score stats.
Randle, 26, entered the season with career shooting splits of .493/.295/.724, but is posting splits of .481/.410/.805 in his second season with the Knicks. His upticks from three and at the free-throw line have helped propel Randle to new heights.
The Texas native will enter the pool of reserves for the All-Star Game, which is set to be held in Atlanta for a truncated All-Star weekend on March 7. LeBron James and Kevin Durant were both voted in as captains and will participate in a live draft on TNT (March 4, 8 p.m. ET).
Here is the full list of 2020-21 All-Stars:
- Kyrie Irving — Brooklyn Nets
- Bradley Beal — Washington Wizards
- Kevin Durant (C) — Brooklyn Nets
- Giannis Antetokounmpo — Milwaukee Bucks
- Joel Embiid — Philadelphia 76ers
- James Harden — Brooklyn Nets
- Julius Randle — New York Knicks
- Jayson Tatum — Boston Celtics
- Jaylen Brown — Boston Celtics
- Zach LaVine — Chicago Bulls
- Ben Simmons — Philadelphia 76ers
- Nikola Vucevic — Orlando Magic
- Stephen Curry — Golden State Warriors
- Luka Doncic — Dallas Mavericks
- LeBron James (C) — Los Angeles Lakers
- Kawhi Leonard — Los Angeles Clippers
- Nikola Jokic — Denver Nuggets
- Chris Paul — Phoenix Suns
- Paul George — Los Angeles Clippers
- Damian Lillard — Portland Trail Blazers
- Donovan Mitchell — Utah Jazz
- Rudy Gobert — Utah Jazz
- Zion Williamson — New Orleans Pelicans
- Anthony Davis — Los Angeles Lakers