Knicks’ Julius Randle is having an underrated season thanks to his recent hot stretch.

Julius Randle, New York Knicks
Nov 11, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and guard Alec Burks (5) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have started to look like the team that made the playoffs in 2021, having won three straight and forward Julius Randle having himself a nice season.

Randle is coming off of a 33-point performance where he shot 4-10 from outside the arc in the Knicks’ latest blowout victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Randle has now scored at least 33 points in consecutive games in what has been a hot stretch of games for the big man.

Over his last six games, Randle is averaging 27/9/4 with a 58.9% true shooting clip and a plus/minus of +64.

He has been undoubtedly the leader of this Knicks team this season, which seemed to start when he arranged a team dinner for the Knicks early in the season.

Randle is now once again playing at an elite level amongst players in his position, which deserves to have more recognition.

Julius Randle has regained his shooting touch

One of the keys to Randle’s bounce-back performance this season has been his regained efficiency from beyond the arc.

After shooting an astonishing 41.1% from 3 in 2021, Randle regressed back to his typical standards last season and shot a below-average 30.8% from 3.

This season he’s brought back some of that 2021 mojo, as he is shooting 34.1% from 3 this season, which is leading the Knicks.

Something that is notable about this very solid clip is his high volume of shot attempts. Randle is averaging 6.9 3PA/game this season, which is not only a team-high but a personal career-high for him as well.

He has also been incredibly efficient off of catch-and-shoot opportunities from long distance, shooting 35.4% in that department. Playing alongside Jalen Brunson has given Randle more room to work with less pressure, allowing him to create his own shot more easily.

Julius Randle continues to be a dominant force down low and at the free-throw line

With Randle regaining his outside shot, he has rebuilt himself as a pure offensive threat, as he continues to dominate the restricted area on offense.

Randle is shooting 55.4% on 2PT field goals this season, averaging roughly 9.2 2PA/game.

He has consistently used his powerful 6’8”, 250 lbs frame to bully defenders in the low post, which has helped him get many and-one opportunities.

Randle has taken advantage of those and-one opportunities during his recent hot stretch, as he is shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe in his last six games, a mark that is 21st in the NBA during that span.

He has now upped his season total from the line to 79.1%, nearly a four-point advantage from last season.

Randle has been a key piece for the Knicks this season, thanks to bouncing back in a big way. He will look to continue this hot stretch of games when the Knicks take on the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

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