Taj Gibson: Julius Randle is ‘at the top’ of MVP racing
The New York Knicks were the NBA’s most pleasant surprise this season, as they defied expectations and even claimed their first victory since 2013 by beating the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Julius Randle has been the frontman of New York all year and his teammate Taj Gibson says his performance should earns him serious MVP consideration.
“At the top too,” Gibson said of Randle’s place in the MVP race. “You look at all of the work Julius put in from night to night … People just don’t understand how hard it is to play in New York and bring the winning mentality back to the Knicks.”
Randle is hosting the most impressive season for a Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony almost a decade ago, as the 26-year-old averages 24.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season. He’s widely seen as a lockdown for the Most Improved Player, but he’s also managed to find his way into the MVP conversation, though he’s not likely to dethrone Nikola Jokic, who has clearly established himself as the favorite.
With just seven games to go in the season for the Knicks, they appear to be out of the play-in tournament as they are three games ahead of the Boston Celtics, who currently hold the seventh seed.