Julius Randle heard his name mentioned in trade rumors all offseason long, mostly attached to the Paul George saga that many thought would end with the Indiana Pacers acquiring Randle. That did not end up happening and Randle is preparing for his fourth NBA season with the Lakers.
At just 22 years of age, Randle is in the best shape of his career. He focused heavily on his body this offseason and came into training camp looking the best he ever has. Now, he hopes to translate that success off the court on his body to the court and have a big season for the Lakers.
Last season for Los Angeles, Randle ended up averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He shot 48.7 percent from the field and 72.3 percent of his foul shots. Randle will likely be asked to handle an even larger role on the offensive side of the floor, which he is more than excited to carry.
Los Angeles doesn’t look to be a playoff contender this season, but they do have a lot of exciting young talent. It might not be too long before Randle and the Lakers are back in the postseason.
All of that being said, what three goals can be set for Randle heading into the 2017-18 season?
Average 16 Points Per Game
Randle will be given every opportunity to have a larger role within the offense this season. That should translate in his points per game average rising from 13.2 to at least 16. He has a very solid offensive game and has been working on expanding his range to make things even more difficult on opposing defenders.
Become a Defensive Stopper
Standing in at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, Randle must become a better defensive player for the Lakers. He isn’t going to be a shot-blocking machine, but he most find a way to become a defensive stopper. Randle is more athletic and has more strength than a lot of NBA power forwards and needs to use that to his advantage on the defensive end.
Step Up as a Leader for a Young Lakers’ Team
Looking at the roster, the Lakers are one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Randle will be in his fourth NBA season and needs to step up as somewhat of a leader for the Lakers. He is more than capable of taking on that role and it will be interesting to see if he wants it.
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