When Julius Randle left Kentucky for the NBA Draft in 2014, he was considered a bit of a tweener. Standing 6-foot-9 with a shaky jump shot, he posed a dilemma. Teams weren’t sure exactly where to play him, though his ferocious rebounding and agility led the Los Angeles Lakers to snag him with the 7th overall pick.
After breaking his leg in his very first game as a rookie, causing him to miss the entirety of the season, and working through a feel-out season in year two, Randle began to flourish during the 2016-2017 campaign. He bumped his field goal percentage up from 42 percent to 48, pushed his points per game average up from 11.3 to 13.2 and even averaged almost two more assists per night. With another offseason under Randle’s belt, the Lakers are starting to expect big things from him when training camp starts in October.
Randle’s game isn’t the only thing the former Wildcat has been tirelessly working at. Transforming his body has been a high priority, too.
According to Randle’s trainer, he has gone from what could roughly be referred to as a “dad bod” to arguably the most jacked dude on the Lakers’ roster—in just three short weeks. Three weeks! That’s absolutely nuts. Randle has clearly focused on his core (he nearly has an 8-pack now), working through mutliple exercises with a med ball and even dribbling with one to improve his handles.
If this transformation truly happened in just three weeks, we can’t wait to see the final results when Randle arrives for the 2017-2018 NBA season.