The Brooklyn Nets have endured a mixed start to the new season as they currently sit with a 2-2 record but over the duration of those four games, it has come to their attention that they have an exciting player on their hands.
During the offseason, the Nets traded for D'Angelo Russell along with Timofey Mozgov from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Brook Lopez and the rights to Kyle Kuzma, the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Since his arrival, the 21-year-old has been a star.
In his first three games with his new team, Russell averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 assists, and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 51 percent. He carried on that trend against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, achieving a stat line of 29 points, five rebounds, and one assist.
Unfortunately for him and the Nets, however, they lost the game 125-121 to the Magic, as they were unable to contain Aaron Gordon, who had a monster night. He finished with a career-high 41 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists. That didn't stop Russell from having some fun during the game though and showing off his talents.
Not once, but twice during the game, the point guard was daring enough to nutmeg Nikola Vucevic with bounce passes. The first one occurred in the first half, as you can see in the video below, with Jarrett Allen unfortunately unable to complete the dunk from the bounce pass.
To show it wasn't a fluke, Russell did another nutmeg on Vucevic in the second half, this time with the pass going to Mozgov, who was able to complete the dunk to make it one of the more memorable plays on the night for the Nets.
Russell's opportunity at point guard with the Nets came when Jeremy Lin suffered an unlucky season-ending injury on opening night against the Indiana Pacers, but it already looks like the 21-year-old is making the most of this extra court time, locking down the starting point guard position in the process.
We'll have to wait and see if he can keep the good times going when Brooklyn takes on their next opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, tonight.