Lakers News: Julius Randle, Nick Young Receiving Rave Reviews

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst finish (17-65) in franchise history, but that hasn't stopped them from taking a positive approach to the 2016-17 season throughout the preseason. 

With new head coach Luke Walton in tow and positive vibes emanating from practices thanks to a reformed offense and youthful vibe, several key players appear primed for strong years in Southern California. 

So with the start of the regular season less than a week away, here's a look at what players and coaches are saying about some of this year's key contributors.


Draymond Green Heaps Praise on Julius Randle

After breaking his leg in the first game of his rookie season, Julius Randle effectively used last year as his debut campaign. 

And while it wasn't always pretty, Randle flashed compelling skill en route to finishing as one of nine players to average at least 11 points and 10 rebounds per game last season. 

But with a year under his belt, the former Kentucky standout appears primed for a breakout. 

Just ask Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who told reporters after a recent preseason game that he believes Randle has the package to evolve into a better player than he is. 

"I think he can. I also think he has the potential to be better," Green said, per the Orange County Register's Mark Medina. "With the God-given gifts he has, he has the potential to be better. I'll continue to grow. I'll never stop working and I'll continue to get better. But what is he, 21? That’s a lot of time to continue to grow."

Randle still has plenty of time to develop considering the relatively small sample size of NBA action he's been exposed to, but he won't be able to tap into his superstar potential if he doesn't improve his jump shot. 

Randle shot 56.8 percent on attemp...

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