Julius Randle was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month in April

Julius Randle was named Eastern Conference player of the month, the NBA announced, after helping to bring the Knicks to an 11-4 record in April.

Randle averaged 27.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists during that stretch to help the Knicks up to seed no. 4 in the East and stay there.

Those numbers bring seasonal averages to 24.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, all of which would be his career highs by the end of the season.

The first time the All-Star became the favorite to be named the most improved player in the league, and his recent outburst – and the Knicks’ winning ways – even got him into some MVP conversations.

Randle’s first Player of the Month award also makes him the first Knick to win it from Carmelo Anthony in January 2014.