Russell: Youngest Player Since LeBron to Drop 40
Whenever Russell is aggressive, he plays very well. He dropped 40 tonight. LeBron and Kyrie had nice things to say about him. Interestingly: he played the 2 tonight. He did have the ball about a third of the time and he had 6 assists, but playing more off the ball freed him up to get open and shoot. I really think they need a defensive center, but maybe this is a good year to draft a PG.
I've always seen Russell as more effective as a 2 guard (still can be effective at the one though) and it would be interesting to see him and Lonzo maybe try something out
Didn't some fairweather Lakers fans wanted him traded only a few weeks ago ?
I think the Russell/Swaggy issue stopped both Lakers fans and others from liking or rooting for him. If he plays okay, people will hate him. If he plays great, all will be forgiven. That always happens in sports. He has to amaze people. I think people will probably always be a little dismissive of his play.
DeSnitch Russell. Living legend in the flesh. Leads the league in dropping dimes.
After Luke Walton put him to the bench last week, he has got the reaction he wanted. If Lakers did get top pick it would be interesting to see who they may take out of Fultz and Ball. I'd figure that if Magic is heavily involved in the pick then Ball may be the guy they go with.
Brandon Jennings was a year younger when he went for 55.
Still a great showing from DeAngelo
Russell had a great game shooting the ball but his lack of explosiveness and inability to finish in traffic is still very apparent and concerning. Virtually all his scoring comes from 3 point shots or pull up jumpers. He very rarely attacks the paint and finishes or draws fouls, mostly because he just doesn't have the athleticsm to do so. The great scorers in the league find ways to get their points and put pressure on the defense even when the jump shot is not falling. Russell hasn't figured that out yet and if he ever wants to live up to the enormous expectations that were placed on him, he needs to. Im not sure how much time he has really put into developing his body at this point. I think a summer of long hard training in the weight room might do his game wonders.
Kinda disappointing from you OhCanada. You're too good of a poster for that bro.
If the Lakers keep their draft pick, it's important they really choose the right guy. They have had another heavy losing season but Ingram has been developing quietly and has put up solid scoring recently as well as getting increased game time. Randle has played another full year and has improved also.
Along with Russell, this gives the Lakers a nice starting core long term. Clarkson and Young give bench scoring so the team maybe doesn't need a superstar scorer as the young guys will improve in time.
I prefered Ball to Fultz for the Lakers as he'd spread the play more and give Russell, Ingram and co a creative guy to increase their scoring. Fultz may not be the creative guy that Ball is but he'd give them the explosiveness that they may be lacking and his driving to the basket would create chances for those around him. I rate both guys very highly but feel that Magic may just prefer a pure PG.
If Lakers ended up with first pick then it has been discussed above. If it's 2nd pick then I think they will just take who is left out of Fultz and Ball. If it's 3rd pick then I think it's between Tatum, Jackson and Fox.
Josh is the more athletic out of him and Tatum and can play SG/SF and even possibly smallball PF. Tatum may not be so spectacular but he could be a great intangibles guy like fellow Duke star Shane Battier. My reservation about him would be is he going to only be a SF in the NBA and that may be Ingram's role going forward and also is Ingram going to be a bit of an intangibles guy going forward too.
Fox is a bit might weight for a PG but is very quick and could be the sort of player the Lakers fans might like and he'd be a menance in the passing lanes looking for steals.
The Lakers may well look at Smith, Ntilikina and Isaac as well if they ended up with 3rd pick or weren't convinced by any of the guys in 3-5 range.
I would actually prefer the Lakers look at Jackson with the second pick (I think fultz will likely go first no matter who gets the pick). This lakers team badly needs a versatile perimeter defender and Jackson has the potential to be exactly that type of player. He has the potential to do a lot of things offensively as well, including handling the ball and possibly running the offense for stretches so Russell can operate off the ball. They have also used Ingram as a primary ball-handler for stretches this season which I don't necessarily see as the best use of his skill set long term.
Make no mistake, I like ball as a player and I'm sure magic sees some of himself in his game. I absolutely believe he could thrive in the system Walton wants to play. However, the pairing of Russell and ball doesn't project as a strong defensive backcourt at all, particularly with the absence of a strong wing defender or rim protector. While I believe the Lakers should absolutely take the best player available regardless of fit, I think defense needs to be a serious consideration.
I thnk Jackson is the type of player Walton wants. Tenacious on D. He and Ingram could be quite a defensive pair at defending from the SG and SF positions (once Ingram gains weight). They'd be a defensive center away from doing serious damage. They need a couple players to make up for Randle's D.
I just think that the value of Ball and Fultz is so much higher than all the others. Hard to pass them up.
star level PG. I did not believe that when he was drafted in 2015.
He realluy struggles to make decisions & physically he is just not a great athlete. He would always get his feet tangled when he would try to drive & he really struggles with indecisiveness. In addition he can not guard anyone at this level.
For these reasons the SG/2 spot is perfect. There is no think just focus on scoring.
If we can get Fultz at PG I believe it would work Great. I know Fultz has not played much D in college but Fultz has the eltie freak athleticism & explosiveness to do anything at the Pro level.
As mush as I like Lonzo Ball I feel like he would be a terrible fit if we are going to committ to D'Lo at the 2/Sg. B/C Lonzo Ball can not break his man down off the dribble & penetrate, We would have a PG & a SG who opponents can just run off the 3point like b/c neither can penetrate off the Dribble.
I actually think Fultz, Smith Jr or DeAaron Fox would be a better fit at the PG w/ D'Lo at the SG or if the Lakers want to keep D'Lo at the #1/PG spot than Malik Monk would be a nice fit at SG. Josh Jackson could work too b/c Jackson can defend the opposing PG. But D'Lo had a few games like this late last year as well. I don't want to diminish a great game but Walton had just removed him from the starting line up.
It's a Great sign but let's see if he can develop some consistency at the SG position. Fingers crossed.