Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Connecticut Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels (2) in the second half during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Randle: A force in the paint


Strengths

Julius Randle is one of the potential stars in this draft. The 6-foot-10 forward out of Kentucky was a double-double machine in college, averaging 15 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. He posted 19 double-doubles in 40 college games and scored in double figures in all but five games. He uses finesse and power to score the basketball and has excellent body control close to the rim. He is a fierce competitor that will work inside the paint and knows how to draw fouls. Randle is a powerful athlete that has all the tools necessary to become a perennial All-Star power forward in this league.

Weaknesses

Very strong on the offensive end, Randle needs work on the defensive side. His flaws on defense have made his stock fall a few picks in early mock drafts. He lacks the fundamentals needed to become a good defender, but does make up for that with his compete level. Offensively, Randle could improve his jump shot, he would become that much more dangerous if he added a consistent jump shot to his arsenal of moves. Another thing to note is that he can get turnover prone at times. He had some high turnover games at Kentucky, but it was something that he improved upon as the season moved along.

X-Factor

The x-factor for Randle will be his ability to develop a jump shot that extends to the three point line. He is so powerful around the basket and he can really become an unguardable force  if he can shoot it from anywhere on the court. Defenses in the NBA will be able to keep him under control if they do not respect his jumper. The sky is the limit in terms of offensive potential if he works on that outside shot.

How he would fit with the Suns

Randle to the Suns is extremely unlikely barring a major trade that moves the Suns into the top-seven. That is unfortunate because he would be a perfect fit for this team. Randle would provide the Suns with the post scoring that was missing last season. He would hurt the spacing that made the Suns so successful on offense, but his strengths in the post and around the basket would give the Suns a threat that it has not had since Amare Stoudemire roamed the paint.


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  • 4everis2long

    Jeff, I agree that he would be an excellent fit for the Suns. While I understand the concern for spacing I doubt coach will care a whole lot that he is not a 3 point shooter. Man I hope the Suns can get the Lakers pick if either he or Vonleh is available at 7.