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Julius Randle becomes first Knick to win Most Improved Player

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NEW YORK — Before Julius Randle’s breakthrough season started, his game and contract were considered an impediment to the Knicks’ progress. Just about a month before the opener, the Knicks even drafted Randle’s projected replacement, Obi Toppin. But it became clear, almost immediately, that the Knicks didn’t need another power forward. Randle emerged as an All-Star and, on Tuesday, was rewarded with the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award after averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Randle, 26, was the runaway winner with 98 of the 100 first-place votes. The New York Daily News voted i…

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