Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle finally played a full season. The 2015-16 was Randle’s rookie season essentially because he only played one game in his official rookie year.

In his first full year, Randle played in 81 games. The Kentucky product averaged 11.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. It was a relative good year for a player who is going to have so much riding on him for years to come. Randle’s growth is very important to the future of the Lakers.

The next 12 months for Randle and the rest of the Lakers is going to be key. Randle isn’t going to be moved from the Lakers any time soon. He is a vital part. The next step for him should be to work with new head coach Luke Walton and D’Angelo Russell over the summer to build the new Lakers core.

Randle is only going to get bigger and meaner. Averaging a double-double in your first season is something to really be excited about. Add two or more free agents to the Lakers mix and maybe an actual team will take the floor at the end of October instead of the laughing stock that Lakers fans have been accustomed to seeing the last three years.

Randle is a key part of that exciting team.

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Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running FoxNews.com's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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