How the Knicks’ Julius Randle compares to others competing for All-Star spots

How the Knicks’ Julius Randle compares to others competing for All-Star spots

Julius Randle is making a strong case for his second All-Star appearance in the last three seasons. Here’s how Randle compares to his Eastern Conference competition for three frontcourt backup spots:

Joel Embiid, 76ers center: One of Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum was supposed to be the backup, and Embiid got the short straw. But the MVP candidate is averaging a career-high 33.4 points per game, along with 9.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 blocks.

Knicks forward Julius Randle: After a disappointing 2021-22 season, Randle has returned to form, averaging 24.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He has shot 46.1 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Bam Adebayo, Heat Center: An All-Star in 2019-20, Adebayo is having a career season with 21.6 points (on 54 percent shooting from the field), 10.2 rebounds, three assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Julius Randle has made a strong case for being an All-Star this season.

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo has enjoyed a career season.


Joel Embiid

Many were surprised that Joel Embiid was not named an All-Star starter.


Pascal Siakam, Raptors forward/center: Another big man who is putting up career-best stats, albeit for a sub-.500 team, Siakam is averaging 25.2 points (on 47.7 percent shooting), 8.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists in an NBA-high 37.6 minutes per game. That includes a 52-point effort against the Knicks.

Heat forward Jimmy Butler: The six-time All-Star continues to produce at age 33, averaging 21.6 points (on 51.6 percent shooting), 6.1 rebounds, five assists and 2.1 steals per game.

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