He’s an electrifying playmaker whose offensive game will only continue to broaden, and that kind of dynamic was missing from the Nets’ rebuild.
In 48 games, D’Angelo Russell averaged 15.5 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds (the latter two being career-highs) while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor. He piqued interest almost immediately. Russell poured in 30 points against the Indiana Pacers on opening night, a spectacular display of his versatility as a shot creator as well as someone who can dance around screens without the ball. In the following weeks, he had 29 points against the Orlando Magic, 33 against the Phoenix Suns and 26 against the Utah Jazz. It was a glimpse of what Russell could do with freedom, something not provided to him in Hollywood.