The first time the All-Star forward was named the league’s most improved player on Tuesday night, wrapping up a formidable regular season by leading the Knicks to their first playoff appearance since 2013.
Randle, 26, has reached career highs with 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists, while shooting 41.1% from 3 points. He also led the league in minutes played with 37.6 per game in 71 games, missing just one game due to injury.
Last season, Randle averaged 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists, while shooting 27.7 percent from 3 points.
He beat Pistons forward Jerami Grant and Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. to become the Knicks’ first Most Improved winner since the award was created in 1985.
Randle shot just 6 for 23 from the floor and was held to 15 points in the Knicks’ 107-105 loss to Atlanta in his playoff debut in Game One on Sunday night.
Derrick Rose was third in the vote for the league’s sixth man award, behind his Jazz teammates Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles. Tom Thibodeau is also a finalist for Coach of the Year, along with Quin Snyder of Utah and Monty Williams of Phoenix.