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It's not that defenses have figured him out, but they've definitely adjusted to his game.
Julius Randle hasn't been dominating like he'd been earlier in the year. He's still relying a bit too much on his strength in the half court, which leads to turnovers and shots in traffic.
And with under-the-rim springs and short arms, it's fair to question how well his power game will translate to the NBA's interior.
Still, he sure is fun to watch in the open floor, thanks to that devastating blend of size, speed and agility. He's also made his first two three-pointers of the year over his last three games—something we sure would like to see more of.
However, we have't seen Randle adapt the way others have early on. He operates in beast mode for 29.3 minutes a game, and I'm just not sure he'll be able to make a living that way in the pros.
Personally, I'd like to see him differentiate his offensive arsenal a little bit and implement that face-up game and jumper into his everyday repertoire. Randle looks like the better player now, but long-term, it's Indiana's Noah Vonleh who might have the more promising two-way tools.