Julius Randle was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April, joining Patrick Ewing and Carmelo Anthony as the only New York Knicks to win the award.
The sixth-year forward averaged 27.1 points, nine rebounds, and 6.3 assists over 15 games. New York went 11-4 in that stretch, including a nine-game winning streak.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won the award in the Western Conference. Previously this season, both players won the Player of the Week award simultaneously as well.
Randle is the Official Carmelo Successor
Julius Randle is the best Knick since Carmelo Anthony, and it’s not particularly close.
Some would even argue what he’s done this season could surpass number seven’s greatest year in New York, dependent upon the team’s pending playoff success.
The Knicks are 37-28 and in sole possession of the fourth seed in the East.
That means they’ll have home court, something Anthony’s New York teams ever accomplished just once.
New York is Julius Randle’s city, arguably for as long as he wants it. The 26-year old has one year remaining on his contract, with extension talks this offseason inevitable.
Either way, he’s made his mark on Knicks history.
As the season heads toward a close, and the New York Knicks’ resurgence becomes real to the eyes of the NBA, Julius Randle has gained some hype as a candidate for the MVP award.
This season’s previous leaders, Joel Embiid and LeBron James, both suffered injuries that derailed their campaigns. Randle has played all but one game for the Knicks.
His candidacy took center stage on Sunday night when he received “MVP!” chants at the Toyota Center in Houston, notably 239 miles away from his hometown in Dallas.
When Marc Berman of the New York Post asked Randle about the talk of his being eligible, the forward replied in true MVP-fashion, deferring to the success of his team:
For sure, I’m not going to shy away from it. For me, it’s about getting better from game to game, improving as a player. I’m not focused on it. The praise obviously is great and everything but I’m not focused on it. All I’m worried about is getting better, keep leading the team game to game. Our team, I feel like we can compete against anybody.
The Knicks will take on the clubhouse leader for MVP on Wednesday night in Denver.
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