Kendrick Perkins believes Julius Randle should be in the MVP conversation. The former NBA veteran highlighted his great improvements this year.
On Wednesday night, Julius Randle and his Knicks hosted a Trae Young-led Atlanta Hawks team at the MSG. Both the Eastern Conference teams are in tremendous form. Entering the game, the Hawks had won five of their last six games.
While the Knicks were on an incredible 7-game win streak. As it promised to be, the match was an action-packed and close game, with the Knicks winning the thriller overtime match 137-127.
Randle, who is the front-runner for the Most Improved Player this season, recorded his 3rd 40+ points game of the season, the most by a Knick since Carmelo Anthony back in 2014.
Kendrick Perkins took to Twitter and gave props to Julius:
“Like I said Julius Randle is on the MVP CONVERSATION. He put a causal 40 piece wing dinner Lemon Pepper style with 11 rebounds and 6 assists with W! Btw the Knicks are currently on a 8 game winning streak! Carry the hell on…”
Like I said Julius Randle is on the MVP CONVERSATION. He put a causal 40 piece wing dinner Lemon Pepper style with 11 rebounds and 6 assists with W! Btw the Knicks are currently on a 8 game winning streak! Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 22, 2021
“Fourth place sounds good but we’re not done yet”: Julius Randle following the win
A lot of the Knicks’ success has to be given credited to Julius Randle. He is playing on a completely different level while leading his team to a 33-27 record. However, Randle doesn’t want to settle yet. Postgame, Julius expressed how the Knicks still have a long way to go.
“Fourth place sounds good. But like I said, we’re not done yet. We got a long way to go. It’s not about just getting a fourth-place or whatever it is, we’re trying to build something here.”
“We’re trying to build a culture, we’re trying to do things the right way. And we have a team that everybody believes in each other, so we feel like we can do anything. Anything is possible for us.”
“Fourth place sounds good. But like I said, we’re not done yet. We got a long way to go.” – Julius Randle pic.twitter.com/sEjEw0doaZ
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) April 22, 2021
Maybe the possibility of the 26-year-old winking the MVP is a bit far stretched and out of the picture. Although, while putting up a staggering 23.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game Julius Randle is a strong contender for the MIP award race.