The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NBA regular season history at the weekend when they beat the Golden State Warriors.
D'Angelo Russell, fresh off an impressive 39-point performance, put in one of his better all-around games that night against the Warriors, finishing with 21 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds as the Lakers stunned the world.
It seems that Russell's play in the shock win drew him some new fans, with the former Ohio State Buckeyes star and second overall pick receiving some high praise from Stephen Curry following the game.
Curry seemingly believes that Russell "will be great for this league going forward," well that's what he told a fan on Slyce, the social media app he co-founded, via Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.
It's hardly some groundbreaking revelations that Russell is a good player, but it's always good to hear when a youngster gets some praise from someone like Curry, who is truly at the mountaintop in basketball right now.
If Russell can keep improving his game, he already has great court vision and decent ability to get his shot off from three-point range, he could become a true rival to Curry in the Western Conference sooner rather than later.
Ever since Lakers head coach Byron Scott made him a full-time starter towards the end of February - having seemingly not trusted the young guard beforehand - Russell has been very impressive, averaging 19.9 points, five assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 46.6 percent and 49 percent from three.
That aforementioned 39 points, which came against the Nets on March 1st, is the most by a rookie this season. Russell's scoring ability is there for all to see, if he keeps working hard then who knows, maybe he can lead the Lakers back to their rightful place as NBA title contenders.