Julius Randle put up the third triple-double of his young career in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Tuesday night win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and his point guard doesn’t think it’s going to be his last.
"I think he’s going to rack up way more than that in years to come,” Russell told reporters (as transcribed by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation) after the Lakers’ practice on Wednesday. After the game, Russell had already given insight into why he thought so.
“I honestly think he’s a pass first type of guy,” Russell said on Spectrum Sportsnet after the game. “When we’re making shots it just makes him anxious to keep getting us the ball.”
When watching Randle, it was easy to see why Russell thinks he could mess around and get plenty more triple-doubles. So many of his feeds were just him making easy reads within the offense and executing the dribble hand-offs he’s become so adept at this season, so if the Lakers are hitting their shots like they were on Tuesday, it will be easy for him to get double-digit assists.
Combine those with the walking points and rebounds double-double that Randle already is, and you have a recipe for the “way more” triple-doubles Russell is confidently predicting.