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Julius Randle Says He Belongs In The MVP Conversation: "I'm Not Going To Shy Away From It."

(via Sky Sports)

(via Sky Sports)

Julius Randle has been the key player behind the New York Knicks having a great season and clinching their first winning record since the 2012-2013 season. Needless to say, things are looking great for New York Knicks fans, and they have Randle to thank for their success. While obviously there were other factors involved in their improvement, Randle has been the engine for their team.

The awards race is tough this season, and there are many deserving candidates for each award. No one would be surprised if Julius Randle gets Most Improved Player, but it seems as though the New York star has set higher goals for himself. Recently, Julius Randle has stated that he deserves to be in the MVP conversation. In an article by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily, it was revealed that Randle considers himself as part of the MVP race. 

So it’s not a particularly close race, but Randle has an opportunity to show up the MVP frontrunner Wednesday night in Denver. The 26-year-old also believes he belongs in the conversation.

“For sure, I’m not going to shy away from it,” Randle said.

It’s a crowded table. Randle has a seat on the end and can try to move up Wednesday by outdueling the player at the head.

“People don’t understand how tough it is to play in New York and he’s bringing a winning mentality back to the Knicks,” Gibson said. “You got to give him his credit. Julius has earned his credit for being in the MVP race. He deserves it.”

The New York Knicks haven't been good in recent memory, and Randle deserves credit for bringing them back to relevancy. While Randle may not actually win the award, there is an argument that he is definitely in the running. Julius Randle may lose the award this year, but that doesn't mean he won't have a shot at it in the future.