D'Angelo Russell.

Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell give themselves a nickname

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The L.A Lakers are in the midst of a mini-revival as of late. Their young core of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and last summer's number two draft pick, D'Angelo Russell, have been instrumental in their first consecutive victories since January.

A shock victory over the Warriors was followed up with a nine-point success over the Orlando Magic last time out and the backcourt pairing of Russell and Clarkson has drawn admiring glances from around the league.

The combined age of the guards is only four years older than 39-year-old San Antonio point, Andre Miller. However, between them, they have dropped 97 points over the course of the Lakers past two successes.

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Clarkson and Russell may only have under three full seasons of NBA experience between them, but after forcing their names into the headlines as of late, the elder of the two, Clarkson, has come up with a new nickname for the dynamic guards.

Mark Medina of the L.A Daily News tweeted on Wednesday the new collective term for the yellow and purple's backcourt.

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How much the new branding is down to their choice of attire as opposed to their on-court demeanor, is yet to be revealed. It follows a long-standing trend in the NBA and furthers the comparisons they've drawn to arguably the best backcourt in the NBA today - Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

The Golden State pair acquired their nickname 'The Splash Bros' largely in thanks to their laser-like perimeter shooting. It's fairly safe to assume that name was coined due to their on-court ability rather than anything else, anyway.

Clarkson and Russell have done well to rise from the mire in recent weeks; it's been far from plain sailing for the organisation as a whole this season. The Lakers have a record of 14-51 that props up the Western Conference, but if they can build on their recent momentum there is every chance they will catch the Phoenix Suns, who languish just one place above them.

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Whether the Lakers front-office truly want that with this summer's draft pick at stake, is up for debate. But, if the young Lakers core continues to ascend as it has indicated it can in recent weeks, the 'Swag Bros' are sure to be the catalysts behind the return to contention for the second most successful franchise in NBA history for years to come.

Clarkson has put up 15.9 points from shooting guard this term, as well as an average of 1.1 steals and a significant raise in his three-point percentage. Considering the Lakers' shortcomings this season, the second-round draft pick has done well to improve his numbers and continue his development.

The same goes for Russell. The rookie has had a tough time this season, finding himself in and out of the side under coach Byron Scott. Operating more as a true point guard, the former Ohio State standout has managed 13.3 points a night and 3.5 assists this term from an average of 27 minutes a game.

With their impressive numbers, it appears as though the pair began brainstorming.

In the coming months, perhaps we'll learn exactly what the 'Swag Bros' are all about.

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