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Julius Randle Wins 2021 Most Improved Player Award

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  • Julius Randle Wins 2021 Most Improved Player Award

    On Tuesday night, Julius Randle was officially named the NBA's 2020-21 Most Improved Player.

    Randle received 98 first-place votes out of a possible 100. Detroit's Jerami Grant, who finished second, received the other two. Denver's Michael Porter Jr. finished third.

    A seven-year veteran, Randle is only the second player to win the award in his seventh season or later, joining Hedo Turkoglu, who won it in his eighth season in 2007-08.

    Randle averaged career highs in points (24.1), rebounds (10.2), assists (6.0), 3-point percentage (41.1%) and free throw percentage (81.1%).

    In his first six seasons in the league, Randle made 168 3-pointers while shooting 29.5% from deep. This season with New York, he made 160 3-pointers on 5.5 attempts per game.

    In 2019-20, his first season in New York, Randle's scoring average dipped from 21.4 points to 19.5 and his shooting percentages from 52.4% to 46% overall and 34.4% to 27.7% on 3s. While his assist numbers stayed the same at 3.1 per game.

    Under Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, Randle played a league-high 2,667 minutes (37.6 per game) in 71 of a possible 72 games.

    Randle joined Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook and Jokic as the only players to have a 24-point, 10-rebound, 6-assist season. Jokic accomplished the feat this season.

    Randle also became the second player in NBA history to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game while also shooting 40% from deep, joining Bird, who did it in 1984-85.