Randle discusses USA Select Team experience

Randle discusses USA Select Team experience

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Julius Randle worked out at the Toyota Center today. Mike Bresnahan was able to catch up with him and discuss his Select Team experience.

“It was great to be able to learn from those guys, compete against those guys a little bit and then learn from Hall of Fame legendary coaches. It was a great couple days for me D’Angelo, and Brandon”

Mike Bresnahan asked him about what player he learned the most from:

“I try to learn a bit from everybody, [I] learned a little bit from Draymond, and you learn from guys at your position, then I mean DeMarcus has been my guy since Kentucky. We’ve been cool ever since.”

On learning from Coach Greg Popovich:

“Obviously learned from coach Popp. He is that guy who is going to joke with you, but he is going to demand you to play a certain way, and you’re going to learn to play the right way.”

On what he took from playing with Draymond Green:

“He does a lot of things on the defensive end technique wise that a lot of guys don’t see. Offensively, he really knows how to play the game. He doesn’t really force anything, and takes what’s given to him. He plays with great passion and energy, definitely things I can take from his game and put them into my game to be a good use to this team.”

We stated in the past that the Select Team participation by the young core was extremely valuable. This was the first time that we were able to hear from one of them.

Luke Walton’s expectations:

Luke has stated that he wants Julius Randle to model his game around Draymond Green. Offensively, Draymond and Julius have very similar styles of play.  Both have the ability to handle the ball and act as a point forwards. Some critics of Randle have said that his jump shooting isn’t comparable.  To be fair to Julius, this was his first full season. Despite having a great season this year, Draymond was not the greatest shooter in his first season either.

Julius Randle (21):  FG%: .428 2P%: .435 3P%: .278
Draymond Green (22) FG%: .327 2P%: .209 3P%: .209

Statistically, Draymond wad worse in his rookie year than Julius was on the offensive side of the ball. Both players played in horrid offensive systems. Once Draymond was let loose in Steve Kerr’s free flowing system, he became the elite offensive player he is today. It’s not farfetched to think that Randle can become a better shooter, thus becoming exactly what Luke Walton wants.

The defensive side of the ball is another thing entirely. Draymond Green is an elite defender. He was runner up for Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. To expect Julius to reach that level is completely unfair. That said, he is slightly larger than Draymond Green so he has a better chance at banging with the larger centers in the league. Only time will tell if Julius can become a player like Draymond Green. As long as he steers clear of Draymond’s attitude, and apparently his Snapchat, Julius could become another amazing player on this young Lakers squad.

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