Draymond Green describes his relationship with Julius Randle as a “friendly rivalry and mentorship”, and says the third-year forward could one day be better than the All-Star.

Green credits Randle’s physical gifts for his potential.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected the 21-year-old seventh overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Per the OC Register:

Green believes Randle “can be real special,” raving about his length, athleticism and playmaking. Green also said he considers the comparisons between him and Randle “cool.” […] Those comparisons have been drawn more frequently with Randle’s expected emergence under new Lakers coach Luke Walton, who spent the previous two seasons as a Golden State assistant.

 

Will Randle validate those comparisons? […] “I think he can. I also think he has the potential to be better,” Green said. “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.”

 

Walton said he “absolutely” saw Randle and Green as a “good comparison” before praising their athleticism and playmaking. He then pointed out Green’s superior jump shooting before complimenting Randle for his offseason efforts to improve in that area. Walton then added, “that could be someone you compare to down the road.”

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