The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a full-on rebuild with the departure of Kobe Bryant. The key to the success for the franchise lies in the hands of the young core that is in place. In a recent interview with the LA Daily News’ Mark Medina, Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green sees something special with Lakers’ forward Julius Randle.
“I think he can be real special,” Green said of Randle. “With the skillset he has and the body, he’s long and athletic. The way he handled the ball at his size and the way he can move at his size, it’s special. He has one thing you can’t teach. That’s that dog and that heart. You can’t teach that. If he continues to work, which I know he will, Julius, the way I view Julius the first time I came into the league, he seemed like a guy who had always been bigger and stronger and more athletic than everybody. So nobody really taught him how to play the game. He was playing off of God-given talent.”
“It was funny. I used to always tell Luke [Walton], ‘Man if somebody teaches him how to play the game, he’s going to be special.’ You see the passes he makes and how he sees the floor. It’s God-given. I’ve watched him over the course of the last 2 ½ years, you continue to see his game grow and grow. He’s starting to figure out the NBA game. He’s continued to work on his game and figure stuff out. If he continues to do that like I know he will, I think he can be special.”
This is huge praise coming from Green, who Randle has drawn some comparison from due to his similar size and build. These two players play with a lot of emotion and heart, but the Lakers’ young forward has plenty of growth in his game left to meet those standards. Green is one of the league’s best passing big men that can be an effective shooter from the outside and a premier defender at his position that can play both forward spots.
That said, Randle has shown be a high-energy player that can be a force in the rebounding department and can handle the ball up the floor. If he can work on finding his spots on the floor while extending his range and improving his decision-making process will help alleviate the amount of forced shots he takes in traffic. All in all, it’s obvious that Randle he has a chance to develop into an All-Star caliber player.