Julius Randle with monster reverse slam on Kenneth Faried (VIDEO)

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“He puts the ball on the floor like no other PF in this league.”

That was Dirk Nowitzki commenting on Lakers’ Julius Randle after he had to guard the young forward Sunday. Kenneth Faried would likely agree. Randle had another solid outing, showing flashes of incredible potential, putting up 16 in the Lakers’ loss to the Nuggets Tuesday.

There’s a long way to go for Randle — he needs to develop any kind of right hand, he needs to learn to look for the pass more when he does put the ball on the floor and defenders come to him, and he’s got to work on his defense. But he’s essentially a rookie, and one by all accounts who has a strong work ethic. There’s a lot to like with this kid, if the Lakers can just develop him properly.