One knock on Julius Randle’s game during his one-year tenure at Kentucky was his apparent lack of an outside shot. Randle’s inside game has never been in doubt – well, aside from the possibility that he may struggle against size in the NBA – though the 6’9″ power forward rarely launched shots from outside the paint last season.
If he wants to be an effective player in the Association, Randle knows he’ll have to be able to stretch the defense and keep the opposing team on their toes by knocking down shots from all over the court, and that’s exactly why he’s been working on improving his outside game.
The seventh overall pick first displayed his ability to shoot the ball during his pre-draft workout with the Lakers, and he did the same today during L.A.’s first Summer League practice.
While Randle has been cleared medically to play in the Summer League, which begins on Friday in Las Vegas, it’s still unknown whether he’ll actually be able to participate.
Randle, 19, has yet to sign his rookie contract with the Lakers as the team are trying to preserve as much cap space as possible while pursuing Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
Hopefully, Melo and/or LeBron will have made their minds up by Friday, though, and Randle will be able to sign on the dotted line, get out there on the court and show us what he’s got.