A couple more notes about Julius Randle’s play this year and how important he is to the team when he plays with great energy:
In the games where Randle has played starters minutes (32 mpg), he averages 20.4 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.6 APG on 60.4% shooting and 68.0% on free throws.
More importantly, the Lakers are 6–3 in these games, with the only losses being Houston (2OT), Golden State (OT) and Philadelphia (when Embiid had the game of a lifetime with 45–17–7 and 7 blocks).
When Randle plays 6th man minutes (26 mpg), his stats drop a lot: 13.2 PPG,6.1 RPG, 1.8 APG on 59.6% shooting and 72.0% on free throws.
And the Lakers are 2–5 in these games.
(On a per 36 basis, starting Randle averages 22.95 PPG, 11.0 RPG and 4.1 APG, while reserve Randle averages 18.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG and 2.5 APG. Is this normal for players?)
Whether he needs the extra minutes to break a sweat or break down his opponents physically, the Lakers are an elite team when he goes into beast mode.