Julius Randle has been the engine for a New York team that has made the playoffs for the first time since the Carmelo Anthony era. He elevated his game from just being a good scorer to becoming a legitimate All-Star, with a chance for an All-NBA selection. He is viewed as one of the most exciting players in the league, and all Knicks fans have appreciated him becoming a top-tier player.
It seems as though the NBA has also recognized Julius Randle's improvement, and has named him the Most Improved Player for the 2020-21 season. While there were other deserving candidates for the award, what Julius Randle has done with New York is absolutely special.
While the New York Knicks are down 1-0 in the series against the Atlanta Hawks, they will have an opportunity to even the score soon. Julius Randle didn't have the best game against the Hawks last time, and he will need to bounce back well in order for the New York Knicks to perform well. They have been a stout defensive unit all season, and they will need some way to stop Trae Young. The key to everything is Julius Randle: the Knicks go as he does.