Julius Randle won’t be going to Toronto.
It was announced today by the NBA that Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell had been named to this year’s Rookie-Sophomore roster. The game is set to be played in Toronto next month as a part of the NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend.
Despite averaging 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds in what is essentially his rookie season, Randle will miss out on the festivities.
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Randle is 13th in the NBA in rebounding, despite playing just 26.7 minutes per game. By comparison, Draymond Green (14th) is averaging 34.4 minutes per game, while Karl-Anthony Towns (12th) is at 29.3 per contest.
Second-year player Clarkson is averaging 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.1 minutes per game this season, while rookie Russell is putting up 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per contest.
Ultimately, Randle lost a spot on the roster due to the game’s format, which will see two rosters comprised of USA and “World” players go head to head.
One could argue that Randle deserved a spot over many of the players on the international roster.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said earlier this month that he expected Randle, Clarkson, Russell and Larry Nance Jr. to be named to the Rookie-Sophomore game, so like many Laker fans, he is likely a little disappointed by today’s announcement.