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Julius Randle | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (19) / 11/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Kentucky
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Lakers rookie PF Julius Randle finished Sunday's game with a strong second half, on his way to eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes off the bench.
"[Randle] has a world of talent," coach Byron Scott said after the game. "It’s about [doing it consistently]." Consistency may be hard to come by for Randle, a rookie on a lottery-bound team who has barely played with the team's starting PGs. Although he's a sketchy draft-day value in most fantasy leagues, he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. Oct 20 - 12:26 AM

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Julius Randle was dealing with blisters on his heels in Thursday's game against the Jazz, finishing with four points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 11 minutes.

Coach Byron Scott said Randle could have gone back in and mentioned the rookie has to play "harder for longer." Randle was impressive in summer league, but the transition to the NBA game isn't happening right away. He's not really a target in standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 1:10 AM

Julius Randle made just 2-of-7 from the field for four points with six rebounds and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

He's showing he's a rookie and he's not going to become a consistent NBA player over night. Coach Byron Scott said last week that the game is moving to fast for Randle, which means he's not going to be able to count on his isolation game like he did in college or at summer league. He's losing some momentum as a late-round target.
Oct 13 - 9:23 AM

Julius Randle "looked lost" for most of the Thursday loss to the Warriors, according to coach Byron Scott.

The Warriors were moving the ball a lot and it was something Randle was not used to. "In the second half, I thought he was better," Scott said. "But I thought the first half the game was too fast for him." Randle admitted he was also forcing shots in the loss, which explains why he only shot 4-of-12 from the field in 18 minutes. Carlos Boozer looked much better, so Randle will need to turn it around next time out.
Oct 10 - 9:42 AM

Coach Byron Scott wants rookie Julius Randle to get himself in better shape.

"He's got to do a better job of setting screens," said Scott. "He's got to do a better job of getting up and down the floor...The biggest thing with him right now is that he has to get in better shape. He's in good shape but he has to get in great shape." Randle should make an impact this season, but a full breakout appears unlikely with Carlos Boozer starting for the Lakers.
Oct 7 - 7:12 PM

Julius Randle scored 10 points with eight boards, one assist and one block in 27 minutes.

Carlos Boozer had just six points in 21 minutes. Randle looked great and he had no trouble scoring the ball tonight, making 5-of-9 from the field. He was able to beat guys off the dribble and had an impressive dunk off a pick-and-roll. Hopefully, coach Byron Scott starts him over Boozer soon. Until then, Randle is only a late-round pick.
Oct 7 - 1:14 AM

Julius Randle appears to be healthier than he was at summer league.

He wasn't moving too fast in Las Vegas, but "has easily [outpaced] the other bigs in sprints," according to team reporter Mike Trudell. Randle's foot injury is behind him, but he'll still need a couple things to go his way to have a big rookie season.
Oct 2 - 9:56 PM

Lakers rookie Julius Randle said on Monday that he's prepared to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer on opening night.

"[Boozer] deserves what he gets because he's put in the time and he's been successful," Randle said. "We're both going to be on the floor, whoever starts or not; that's not really my focus or worry." Randle is 19 years old and he's sure to have some growing pains in the NBA, making him a more appealing fantasy target after the All-Star break.
Source: L.A. Times
Sep 30 - 3:31 PM

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak tempered the expectations for his prized rookie Julius Randle on Saturday.

Kupchak was quick to alleviate some of the pressure that has been on Randle for the upcoming season. "There are going to be moments where he plays just great and then there will be moments he gets a rebound, brings the ball down the court and commits an offensive foul, gets a defensive foul, drops his head, gets frustrated and gets a technical foul," Kupchak said. Randle is slotted behind Carlos Boozer for now but will still be worth a flier in the later rounds for his upside.
Source: Mark Medina
Sep 27 - 6:33 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said Julius Randle can defend small forwards and could bring the ball up for the Lakers.

To be clear, Kupchak said Randle probably isn't a prototypical small forward. Randle's passing was on display at Las Vegas Summer League and he dominated at the event. He should get plenty of reps at training camp and is worth a look as a late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Sep 27 - 9:24 AM

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak expects Julius Randle to earn playing time this season, and if he produces, he will play a lot.

Randle had a much more promising outlook on the 2014-15 season before the addition of Carlos Boozer, but both Kupchak and coach Byron Scott have hinted that Randle will have plenty of opportunity to earn minutes. Randle is worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues, but it may take some time before he's producing meaningful stats as he initially fights for time on the court.
Sep 26 - 4:57 PM

Julius Randle will "get plenty of chances to play a lot of minutes," according to coach Byron Scott.

"We know he’s a rookie and needs to develop, and a lot of that will come in training camp and in practice," Scott said. "I think he’ll do just that." The addition of Carlos Boozer casts some doubt on Randle's outlook in his rookie season, but there is still a lot to like after he looked great in Las Vegas. He's a solid late-round target in standard leagues, as long as you're able to exercise some patience.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 8:49 PM

Coach Byron Scott praised Julius Randle on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday.

"I know the young kid is very gifted, offensively. He rebounds the ball, he can score in the post. He’s probably got about 15-foot range, handle the ball extremely well for a big man. Pretty athletic. I look at him as Zach Randolph, but more athletic," Scott said. "And I think in a few years he’s going to be a monster once he really learns what the NBA is all about and that’s what I’m looking forward to." Randle is likely going to share the power forward minutes with Carlos Boozer, but the Lakers may be forced to play him at center given their lack of depth at the position. He's on the radar as a late-round pick.
Aug 8 - 9:37 AM

Lakers coach Byron Scott said that rookie Julius Randle may earn a spot in the starting lineup by outplaying the team's other power forwards.

Beyond the Lakers' prized rookie, L.A.'s frontcourt features Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre. Randle may not start on opening night and the arrival of Boozer has dampened his fantasy outlook, he has enough upside to warrant attention as a flier pick.
Jul 29 - 3:12 PM

Assistant coach Mark Madsen was happy with how Julius Randle performed on Friday.

"When Julius catches the basketball at the elbow or at the mid-post, all the other players on the court are like a swarm of bees," Madsen said. "He's letting everything develop and Julius is finding [the open man]." Madsen added that Randle wanted to run a four-flat play late in the game and that the rookie also took a cab back to the arena before Sunday's game to get his shoes. Randle also said he was "excited" to have Carlos Boozer on his team, and he's going to focus on getting into game shape. Randle and Madsen both said the rookie is going to be a very tough cover in one-on-one. The addition of Boozer is going to hurt Randle's production, which is unfortunate because he could have turned in a big rookie season.
Jul 19 - 3:27 PM

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