Knicks’ Julius Randle not worried about Obi Toppin position clash
Julius Randle isn’t worried about Obi Toppin.
The Knicks first-round pick plays the same power-forward position as Randle. There’s concern among NBA cognoscenti whether the two can share the floor.
Entering his sixth season and figuring to be the Knicks No. 1 option, Randle said they’ll find a way. Neither seems suited for the small-forward position as a defender.
Randle didn’t seem to enjoy the topic, perhaps realizing if the fit is awkward, the young veteran may reappear on the trading block.
“He’s an athletic player from what I know,’’ Randle said on Friday’s Zoom call. “I haven’t seen much of him. But he can shoot it and run the floor. So I think we’ll be able to complement each other very well. The game is position-less now. To have many guys be versatile and do many things is great.’’
The 6-foot-8 Randle played a bit of center last season but he’s not a rim protector. Toppin, scouts believe, won’t be suited to play the 5 in the NBA because he’s not strong enough.
“That’ll be up to coach,’’ Randle said. “I’ve played the 5 before though’’
Randle’s first season in New York was a mixed bag. His numbers were gaudy but he didn’t lead the Knicks to enough victories. He’s never been on a winning club in six seasons. The Post reported in March some teammates were unsettled by Randle’s over-dribbling.
To his credit, Randle, who turned 26 last week, admitted his new role last season as team leader after signing a three-year, $60 million deal was challenging. Randle averaged 19.5 points and 9.7 rebounds.
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