D’Angelo’s Rise

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on January 31, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)

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Couple seasons ago it looked like D’Angelo Russell was another bust. Magic took over the Lakers and said Russell was not a good leader and former teammates called him a locker room cancer. We fast forward to the 2019 NBA Season we see a whole new version of D’Angelo Russell. We see a leader, a team first player, and we now see an All-Star.

Russell is having himself a career year in all aspects of the game. The 22-year-old guard is nothing short of having himself a spectacular career year compared to other seasons., He is averaging highs in points (19.6), assists (6.4), field goal percentage (.438), 3-point field goal percentage (.374) and free throw percentage (.808). Not to mention he has the New York Nets sitting at the 6th seed in the NBA Playoff race just at the halfway point of the NBA season.

Despite all the hate and disrespect that is thrown at D-Loading, it is easy to say that the kid can ball and overcome the obstacles he’s had to face. Many people forget he is only 22 years old and he is already finding his way amongst the stars in the NBA, taking the Nets from one of the laughing stocks of New York to making himself basically the premiere player to watch in Brooklyn. D’Angelo had not made the All-Star team the first time voting came around, but due to Victor Oladipo’s knee injury, Russell has been given the honors to replace him in the game. Although it has been a huge mountain to climb, D’Angelo is doing it and still doing it with ice in his veins.

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