Knicks' Tom Thibodeau makes All-Star case for Julius Randle: 'The numbers speak for themselves'

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Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle talking with Elfrid Payton and Mitchell Robinson in background
Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle talking with Elfrid Payton and Mitchell Robinson in background

NBA All-Star starters were announced Thursday night, with Los Angles Lakers forward LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant being named captains to select teams for the game next month.

With Kyrie Irving already named a starter and James Harden expected to join the east reserves, fans of New York's other team hope to see their squad represented in the game as well -- specifically through Julius Randle, who is putting up All-Star numbers this season and has helped put the Knicks into playoff contention.

Tom Thibodeau believes Randle has done more than enough so far this season to warner a first-time selection to the All-Star game.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Thibodeau said. "...I think when you look at the impact on winning, that's where he's separated himself. To be doing what he's doing for this team, we wouldn't be where we are. He's our engine. So I hope that's recognized, he's very deserving of it."

Randle most certainly has the numbers this season. The seven-year man out of Kentucky is averaging 23.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game this season, and is shooting the ball efficiently, hitting 48 percent of his shots from the field and 40.7 percent from three.

He's averaging more points than Lakers forward and seven-time All-Star, Anthony Davis, and most shockingly, has a higher three-points percentage than Portland Trail Blazers guard and five-time All-Star Damian Lillard.

If his numbers on the season were to stand pat or improve, Randle would join Larry Bird as the only players to average 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists on 40+ percent shooting from beyond the three-point line.

"Honestly, he's been doing everything," fellow teammate RJ Barrett said. "He's play efficient, he's leading the team and also, we're winning, we're in a good spot right now. I think he definitely deserves it.

NBA All-Star reserves will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. on TNT.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Indiana
-130-2.5O 219.5
New York
+110+2.5U 219.5