Mitch Kupchak On Julius Randle: ‘He’s Going To Get Minutes’

Mitch Kupchak On Julius Randle: ‘He’s Going To Get Minutes’


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Heading into his rookie year with the Los Angeles Lakers, Julius Randle will likely get playing time right out of the gate. GM Mitch Kupchak alluded to Randle getting time on the floor next season during the introductory press conference with the team on Monday, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of the team, Randle could have a chance to be a starter in the frontcourt next season. Obviously, the Lakers brass will do everything within their power to bring in LeBron James and or Carmelo Anthony and that could change Randle’s role on the team, but it seems clear that he will get considerable minutes in his first year in Los Angeles.

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During his freshman year with the University of Kentucky, Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game along with shooting 50.1 percent from the floor. Randle was one of the main reasons the Wildcats were able to make their run to the National Championship game against the University of Connecticut.

Unfortunately for Randle, Kentucky lost to UConn a few months ago, but the freshman made enough of an impression to merit being a lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft. Randle turned a lot of heads during his individual workout with the Lakers leading toward the franchise rolling the dice on the 19-year-old with the seventh overall pick last week.
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  • meep

    well be a waste of a pick if he didnt get some mins next season.

  • LAL

    Like the Lakers have a choice. If Ryan Kelly started last season, Randle is definitely a starter next season. Hope he’ll get double-double and become ROY.

  • They call me Pringles

    I hope Pau will re-sign for around $9-10M per year and Jordan Hill for about the same amount he got last season $3.5M. Randle would basically replace Kaman in the lineup. Sacre would still be the third string center behind Gasol and Hill, which Hill is actually interchangeable. But I really like Hill to be the starting center. It plays through his strengths being an offensive rebounder on the team. Pau has a better jump shot outside of the paint. Then when Pau needs a breather, Randle would replace him at PF to play alongside Hill… Lights out for the rest of the league.

    • kb24isback

      so you actually think adding just randle would improve the lakers that much? i’m a fan but they need to get better players.

      • They call me Pringles

        I didn’t say that. But I was talking about our front court. I think we would be set with a front court of Gasol, Hill, Randle and Sacre. I’m not sure if we can afford to sign another good big man since Mitch has plans on pursuing other star free agents this summer.

  • ltsJoeMama

    Uhh well I hope so since he’s probably going to be a starter. lol