NBA next-gen superstar D’Angelo Russell keeps leading a surprising Brooklyn Nets team to surprising heights this season (7th place, likely playoff-bound in the Eastern Conference). The outrageously skilled 6’5″ guard who was the #2 pick overall in the 2015 NBA draft has been given the reins of this Nets team this year — and he has taken the leadership role to heart. Just 23 years old, Russell is a next generation NBA superstar who just stamped a comeback win over the Kings by scoring 27 points in the 4th quarter on his way to a career-high 44 points. But it was the win, not the individual accomplishment, that Russell focused on afterwards.
Sky’s the limit for Russell and the Nets:
Those days in LA, where Russell’s Lakers future was being questioned instead of assured, are long gone. But the man still remembers, and he’s playing as if he has a lot to prove. Russell issued a warning to the league and its fans about both himself and his Nets after the stunning performance against the Kings — “y’all ain’t seen nothin’ yet. That’s all I’m gonna say,” Russell said. “Like I said, they got lucky, but the world hasn’t seen anything yet.” Duly noted, Mr. Russell.