Why keeping Julius Randle is the best long-term answer for Knicks

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Coming into the 2020-21 NBA season, Julius Randle was considered to be an excellent trade asset. However, Randle has kept up his torrid pace throughout the Knicks’ first 29 games and he has been dominant for the team.

The Knicks have obviously enjoyed the emergence of their sixth year star, and he could wind up in the NBA All Star game for the first time in 2021. Randle, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has helped bring New York hope and for that he should stay with the Knicks for years to come.

Randle, this season, has been playing some dominant basketball. Randle has averaged 23.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. He has also shot a staggering 46.9 percent from the floor and a very impressive 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Julius Randle, right now, is the face of the Knicks franchise and he deserves to be on the team for years to come. New York may have drafted Obi Toppin recently but having that impact their commitment to Randle as a long-term fixture would be the wrong choice.

Here’s a look at three specific reasons why Julius Randle should be retained by the Knicks rather than dealt away at the NBA trade deadline.