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Julius Randle Earns First NBA All-Star Appearance

(NBA Getty Images | Knicks)

(NBA Getty Images | Knicks)

Seven seasons into his NBA career, former Wildcat Julius Randle is playing his best basketball. The New York Knick was rewarded for his exceptional play with his first ever invitation to the NBA All-Star Game. The league announced he will be a reserve for the Eastern Conference’s pool of players.

The power forward from Plano, Tx. has reignited his career following the addition of Tom Thibodeau and Kenny Payne. Through 31 games of his second season in the Big Apple, Randle is averaging 23.2 points, 11 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 48.1% from the floor and 41.3% from three.

The first Knick to earn an All-Star nod since Carmelo Anthony in 2017, Randle talked about the significance of the recognition earlier today.

“It would mean a lot,” Randle said. “My goal was never just to play in the NBA. I always felt that I would get there. I just wanted to be the best player I could possibly be and reach my potential. And I try to push myself every day to do so. It would definitely be a milestone.”

Randle was not the only former Wildcat recognized. Anthony Davis earned a spot as an All-Star reserve, although an injury will likely sideline him from the game. Once again, Devin Booker was snubbed by voters.

NBA All-Star weekend has been truncated into a one-night event, taking place March 7 in Atlanta.

Article written by Nick Roush

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8 Comments for Julius Randle Earns First NBA All-Star Appearance

  1. Jpcat15
    8:11 pm February 23, 2021 Permalink

    Paul getting picked over Booker is criminal

  2. UKFanSC
    8:38 pm February 23, 2021 Permalink

    Absolutely fabulous news for Randle, and we’ll deserved. I agree that Booker got hosed.

  3. zoupman
    10:25 pm February 23, 2021 Permalink

    Booker will get in. He is next on list.

  4. dandycat
    1:44 am February 24, 2021 Permalink

    Jamal Murray was still a Wildcat right? And he got picked or no?

    • dandycat
      1:46 am February 24, 2021 Permalink

      I stand corrected…thought he would be a surefire all star after his play in the playoffs last season…

  5. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:22 am February 24, 2021 Permalink

    All of these great players and Calipari could only win one championship. That’s pitiful.

    • Cletis75
      10:22 am February 24, 2021 Permalink

      Yeah, because everyone is at their best at 18-19 years old. They never improve after that. They don’t even need to adjust to the college game, because they are already NBA all stars when they are college freshmen! We’re you born ignorant or just take pride and work at it?

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      5:16 pm February 24, 2021 Permalink

      It’s “Were.”