Jason Smith: “Can you say there is any player more important to his team this year than Julius Randle to the Knicks? I don’t think you can… There is nobody more important to his team in the NBA this year than Julius Randle is to the Knicks. Why can’t Julius Randle be the MVP?? Every bleepin’ night it’s Julius Randle… If you take Julius Randle away from the Knicks the Knicks would have won maybe nine games this year. Not that he’s a better player but he is more important to the Knicks than Nikola Jokic is to the Nuggets… Who affects his team’s win total the most? That’s where Julius Randle stands alone.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Jason Smith explains why he thinks Julius Randle has been the most valuable player in the NBA this year, as the seventh-year pro out of Kentucky is averaging 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists for a surprisingly competitive New York Knicks team who has won six straight games.
Check out the audio above as Smith details why Randle could be a dark horse MVP candidate if the Knicks, currently sitting at 31-27 and 6th place in the Eastern Conference, continue to shock the league and end up getting one of the top four seeds in the East, as the Knicks are only a half-game out of the #4 seed.