New York Knicks’ forward Julius Randle added another feather on his cap on Tuesday when he was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
Randle joined Portland’s Damian Lillard, Phoenix’s Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid in the All-NBA Second Team.
The All-NBA First Team was headlined by league MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, and Dallas’ Luka Doncic.
In easily his best season yet in the NBA, Randle emerged as an All-NBA player following his first All-Star appearance and winning the league’s Most Improved Player award. The seven-year forward averaged career-highs in minutes (37.6), points (24.1), rebounds (10.2), assists (6.0), three-point field goals (41%), and free throw percentage (81%) while shooting 46 percent from the field.
He was one of the only three players in the NBA history to average 20/10/5 on 40% three-point shooting. The other two were Hall of Famer Larry Bird and Jokic. But more importantly, he led the Knicks to the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
He was the first Knick to be named to an All-NBA Team since Carmelo Anthony in 2013. Randle is only the third Knicks player aged 26 years old or younger to make it to an All-NBA Team in the last six decades or since Patrick Ewing and Walt Frazier.
Randle earned 97 of the 100 ballots — 16 first-team votes, 46 second-team votes, and 35 third-team votes for a total of 253 points. Leonard was only ahead of him by 70 points.
Randle is in line for a lucrative contract extension that could be maxed out at a four-year, $106 million. But he could also defer and test free agency after next season for a much bigger deal.
Meanwhile, the All-NBA Third Team was composed of the Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah, Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Miami’s Jimmy Butler, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George.
Notably absent in the All-NBA Teams this year are Irving’s teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, and the league’s triple-double leader Russell Westbrook of Washington.
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