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Knicks Players Reportedly “Frustrated” By Play of Julius Randle This Past Season

(NBA Getty Images | Knicks)

(NBA Getty Images | Knicks)

Julius Randle’s fit with the New York Knicks never got off to a good start, and we’re quickly learning why from inside the locker room.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, several of Randle’s teammates on the Knicks were “frustrated” by his play, including rookie R.J. Barrett. They were annoyed by “Randle’s penchant for not distributing the ball quickly enough and overdribbling, according to two sources familiar with the situation.”, Berman wrote.

Statistically, Randle had a solid individual season. While he was more impressive last season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, his numbers in 2019-20 were nothing to bat an eye at. The former ‘Cat averaged 19.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per outing in 64 appearances, including 30 double-doubles. He was the best player on the Knicks roster from the day the season started to the day it was canceled. But therein lies the issue…

In the article, Berman outlines all of the basic and understandable reasons why the other Knicks players might feel this way.

Randle is not best suited to fill the role as a team’s number on option. In New Orleans, he lined up next to Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic, and (sometimes) Anthony Davis. A top-tier caliber point guard like Holiday did wonders for Randle’s game. A rookie point guard like Barrett is nowhere near the same. Randle averaged a career-high 3.0 turnovers in 2019-20. His shooting numbers dipped from 52.4 percent last season to 46.0 percent as a Knick; his 3-point shooting declined from 34.4 percent to 27.7 percent – and on a higher volume.

Last summer, Randle was paid a handsome $63 million over three seasons, although his third season is not fully guaranteed. The New York Post also reported before the trade deadline that the franchise considered trading Randle to Charlotte.

“Julius got paid to be the leader of the franchise, but [Randle’s teammate, Marcus] Morris played like the leader of the franchise,’’ an NBA source said according to Berman.

In the summer of 2019, the Knicks spent all of its immediate cap room on forwards Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis, wings Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington, and point guard Eflird Payton, along with Randle. Ellington and Bullock combined to play just 65 games while Portis, Gibson, and Payton combined to average fewer than 25 percent of the team’s points per game. Randle is the only one actually earning his money, he was just never set up for success. The frontcourt was too crowded, Barrett was too young, the front office fired its head coach, and traded away its best player (Marcus Morris) at the trade deadline. It’s hardly Randle’s fault for what happened to New York in 2019-20.

There’s always a scapegoat…

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

5 Comments for Knicks Players Reportedly “Frustrated” By Play of Julius Randle This Past Season

  1. kyle heavy
    10:02 pm April 3, 2020 Permalink

    So nothing has changed since he was at UK. The kid was a black hole down in the paint when he got the ball.

  2. Newtype
    11:14 pm April 3, 2020 Permalink

    Randle doesn’t seem like the leader type. Wish he hadn’t gone to the epically terrible Knicks franchise.

    • City shuffle
      11:44 pm April 3, 2020 Permalink

      Look the Knicks are hot garbage. He played the same way when he was at UK before the team developed chemistry late in the year. LA sent him to NOLA, where he obviously wasn’t a priority. He cashes in for NY where they have absolutely no urgency to win, any developed talent around him, or an effectively running administration. Yeah, his teammates should be pissed. Randle is putting up solid numbers every night, committing a ton of turnovers, at not trusting his teammates. He’s an easy target, but the Knicks haven’t been the most efficiently run organization to say the least for the past decade. They have potential with young talent but it first and foremost comes down to the front office, coaching staff, and last but not least ownership. He’s the best on the team, he tows the chain.

  3. Jpcat15
    9:04 am April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Randle is what he is- an inside force during a time when everyone wants to jack up 3’s. He was clearly UK’s best player in 2014 and he was clearly the best player on the Knicks. He is a double/double machine and it is hard to find guys that can do that. RJ Barrett should look in the mirror. He sucked and the Knicks expected him to be much better. The Knicks organization is simply awful. Randle is the least of their worries.

  4. catdaddyd
    11:41 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Randle is a stat filler, similar to Elton Brand.