Julius Randle has kept busy this offseason getting into great shape. Now he’s showing off his new level of fitness by dominating the Drew League, and is headed for a breakout season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The work Randle put in this offseason not only shows Magic Johnson and Luke Walton he’s committed to excellence but will also help him perform on the court.
Randle has already put that theory to the test and proved his training has elevated his game. He’s frequented the Drew League over the years and in his most recent Drew League outing he completely dominated the competition.
In his last game at the Drew, Randle scored 28 points and grabbed 18 boards while bullying the opposition. Randle’s fitness level and increased strength were evident from start to finish and he looked like a man on a mission.
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As long as Randle takes that same approach when the NBA season starts he’ll be headed for a career year. He’ll be facing better competition that the Drew League can’t simulate, but his approach to the game will translate.
Randle is also showing confidence in his ability stating that he isn’t worried about any upcoming trade rumors in the offseason.
Randle is likely responding to rumors that L.A.’s Summer League star Kyle Kuzma may take his spot, which hasn’t seemed to faze him. Of course, Kuzma coming in and taking over Randle’s starting spot is a stretch, but Kuzma flat out balled in Summer League and looks like he’s got something to prove.
Randle’s spot may not be in jeopardy now, but if it is, his Drew League dominance is putting the Lakers on notice he’s not going to let a rookie take his place.