Tonight, we'll find out who will be the NBA All-Star Reserves. just getting ahead of this but if Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson don't make the cut, then the league should be ashamed of themselves.
Reserves are selected by the votes of the NBA coaches, and I hope their is some mutual respect for New York's finest. Now the game doesn't have the luster it used to, but it's still an important. The "Knicks have no stars" narrative needs to be reversed.
From "mid-three" and "overrated signing", the tone has changed when people are referencing Brunson and Randle. The TNT hosts believe these guys should make the cut, and so should you.
Let's start with our point guard. How refreshing has it been have a legitimate floor general who can score? He's averaging a career-high 22.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting to go with 6.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.0 steals per game. You know Luka and the Mavs are missing Brunson in the lineup.
The East is loaded with guard talent, but Brunson stands out as a leader and playmaker. The Knicks would not be in the conversation without him. The Knicks would not be looking to buy at the deadline without him as well.
Then there is the heart and soul of the team, Julius Randle. I don't understand why he get's the criticism and disrespect. Let's take a look at the 2021 All-Star Randle, the same player who was in the MVP talks and led the Knicks to the 4th seed of the East. That season, Randle averaged 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, six assists, and 41.1 percent shooting from the outside – the second player in the history of the NBA to tally those numbers in a season, with the first being Larry Bird. Pretty sweet.
This season? Well... Randle is averaging 24.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and shooting 33.5 percent from the outside. Slightly below on the assists (because Brunson is in town) and slightly lower shooting, but that is star power stats.
Again, the product on the floor and the stats in the books, should be enough to propel the duo into the All-Star game. I think it's time to show some respect to this duo, and hopefully the league's coaches will do so.