When D’Angelo Russell was drafted back in 2015 by the Los Angeles Lakers many thought that he would be the next person in line to be the franchise guy for the team. His rookie year was looked down upon due to that being Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour. In his first season, he averaged 13.2 points per game, 3.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 28 minutes per game. Russell upped his numbers in year two but then in the offseason, Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. This was a fresh start for Russell and for the Lakers too. He would be playing on a different team and in the Eastern Conference.
First year in Brooklyn
In Russell’s first year, he had some highs and lows. He did show some promise as he had career highs. Unfortunately, he missed a ton of games due to injuries. Now, heading into his fourth season, this could possibly be his breakout season. Russell will have the all the opportunities to prove himself as the Nets traded away Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks. Later that day, they acquired Kenneth Faried from the Denver Nuggets. This could be a sign that they are giving him the keys to the offense. That also added some more talent around him as well as depth.
This season will also be Russell’s contract season. The Nets have not offered him an extension yet and an extension before October is very unlikely. This is especially true after seeing one of his good friends, Devin Booker, getting an extension with the Phoenix Suns. That is another reason for Russell to prove his worth this season in Brooklyn.