Los Angeles Lakers: 5 reasons to re-sign Julius Randle this offseason

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 26: Julius Randle
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 26: Julius Randle /
3 of 6
Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Trade offers for Julius Randle being declined
Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images /

4. His game is versatile both offensively and defensively

In Luke Walton’s system, it dramatically helps if a player can play different positions on offense or defend multiple positions on defense. Randle is a rare player that can do a combination of both those things.

His natural position offensively is power forward, but in small ball lineups, he can easily play center and help space the court. It is easy to see how versatile Randle is on the offensive side of the ball because of his freakish athleticism. His ability to handle the ball and get other teammates involved is second to no other player his size in the league besides maybe Ben Simmons.

Head coach Luke Walton stole his small ball lineup from the Warriors the team he once coached. Randle resembles a Draymond Green type of center that can defend pretty much every position on the court. A guy with Randle’s size and skill set is a rare find in the NBA and that is why it would be downright dumb to let him go for nothing.

The one thing he could do to expand his game on the offensive end is improving his 3-point shooting. Currently, he is a career 25 percent 3-point shooter and if he added that dimension to his game, there would be nothing on the court that he could not do.