After being the seventh overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, Randle played just one game as a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers.
A few years later, Randle signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, but he didn’t truly find his footing in the league until he arrived in New York.
In his second year with the Knicks, the 6-foot-8 forward finally earned his first career All-Star berth.
He helped guide New York to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
And although last season’s playoff run ultimately ended in disappointment, a 4-1 series loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Knicks fans can take solace in the fact that they once again have a frontline player to lead their team.
Randle A Knick For The Foreseeable Future
This offseason, the team and Randle agreed to a four-year, $117 million contract extension that will potentially keep Randle in New York through 2026.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) August 27, 2021
Randle’s remarkable campaign provided Knicks fans with plenty of hope.
In addition to his All-Star selection, Randle won the league’s Most Improved Player award and earned an All-NBA second-team berth.
The 26-year-old flourished under head coach Tom Thibodeau, averaging career highs in points (24.1), rebounds (10.2), and assists per game (6.0).
He made a career-high 41.1 percent of his three-point attempts last season, and set career marks in several other statistical categories as well.
Both Fournier and Walker provide New York with capable three-point shooters, and Walker stands as a particularly exciting pick-and-roll partner for Randle.
Having Walker be the screener for Randle, who’s a capable ball handler in his own right, will leverage both players’ offensive skill set.
Randle’s New Deal Focused On Success
First year of the Randle extension starts at $23.76M and increases 8%.
The bonuses in his original contract signed in 2019 are included.
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— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 5, 2021
Baked into Randle’s contract extension are bonuses for All-Star appearances.
There are also incentives for All-Defensive team berths and leading the Knicks to the playoffs.
The Knicks sport only six playoff appearances since 2001, and only one of those berths saw the team make it to the second round.
Randle opted to sign the extension this offseason to provide the franchise with financial flexibility moving forward.
League sources say part of Julius Randle’s thinking on signing his 4 year, $117M contract extension w/NYK is that he loves the organization/fans & wants to ‘commit his prime to the team.’ Sources add that Randle wants to commit now to give more NYK financial flexibility. ESPN 1st
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) August 5, 2021
But the versatile forward has plenty to build upon in his third season playing in Madison Square Garden.
In addition to the career-highs in those counting statistics, Randle also proved to be one of the most valuable players in the league when considering some of the advanced metrics.
Randle ranked tied for ninth in the NBA in Value Over Replacement Player (VORP).
In a piece published on the Players’ Tribune, Randle admitted he was proud to be a Knick.
So there’s no doubt Knicks fans can rally around Randle.