Knicks' Julius Randle says potential first All-Star nod would 'be amazing'

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Julius Randle pulls up for midrange jumper Knicks Hawks
Julius Randle pulls up for midrange jumper Knicks Hawks

Julius Randle has certainly been putting up All-Star numbers, but he'll find out if he will actually be an Eastern Conference reserve later on Tuesday.

Randle wasn't afraid to admit that he would be thrilled to earn his first All-Star nod.

"It would mean a lot. My goal was never just to play in the NBA," said Randle. "I always felt that I would get there. I just wanted to be the best player I could possibly be and reach my potential. And I try to push myself every day to do so.

"It would mean a lot, it would definitely be a milestone. But I’m just going to keep working and getting better every day."

Randle is averaging career highs practically across the board - dropping 23.2 points and grabbing 11.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.0 percent form three-point range.

But Randle said his numbers are a product of help from teammates and coaches.

"Just as you grow as a player throughout the course of your career, you learn how to do the little things to help the team win," he said. "To help the team consistently win. Coach [Tom Thibodeau] has done a great job of coaching me up, putting me int hose positions. And we’re winning, having those numbers, whatever the case may be."

Randle said he feels like he has been treated like an All-Star this season on the court by his opponents.

"I think I get that validation how they play me every night. With the double-teams. How they try to game plan. All that type of stuff," he said.

Randle would be the first Knick to be named an All-Star since Kristaps Porzingis in 2017-18.

"Obviously the All-Star nod would be amazing," he added. "Every player strives to do that, or whatever the case may be. Work extremely hard to put yourself in those positions. I’m not going to downplay that. It would be amazing."