The Brooklyn Nets once again have one of the worst records in the NBA but they have shown signs of progress this season.
They have a talented young coach in Kenny Atkinson and he has done a good job in developing his young team this year.
The Nets compete in every game and haven't been as bad as their 21-47 record suggests.
With no lottery picks in the last two years - and again this summer - they have had to put a team together via trades and free agent pickups.
One player they acquired in the offseason and are hoping to build the team around is D'Angelo Russell.
After being selected with the number two overall pick in 2015 by the Los Angeles Lakers, things didn't quite work out for him over his two seasons in California.
A move to Brooklyn represented an opportunity for him to showcase his talent with a bigger role and he has done that in flashes this year.
His biggest asset is his shooting, which is a vital weapon to have in this current era.
Russell isn't the most efficient shooter but he has the ability to get hot at any moment and when he does, it's a thing of beauty.
The Toronto Raptors saw this first hand on Tuesday night as he exploded in the first quarter.
The 22-year-old poured in 24 points on seven three-pointers in just under seven minutes in the opening period of the game and brought the Barclays Center to life as he caught fire from downtown.
His seven conversions from beyond the arc were the most by any player in a single quarter this season and tied for the fifth-most in any quarter in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
"He was unbelievable," said coach Atkinson, per NBA.com. "That was an elite performance in the first half."
Russell's 24 points were also the most points in a quarter this campaign.
The shooting guard went into the half-time break with 26 points, which set a career-high for points in a half.
"My teammates, they got me open," said Russell. "Transition they found me, made the extra pass to me. Give a lot of credit to them."
The young sharpshooter did go cold for the rest of the game, however, making just 3-of-15 shots the rest of the way.
He ended the night with 32 points but it wasn't enough to prevent another loss as the Raptors took over and secured a 116-102 win in New York for their ninth consecutive victory.News Now - Sport News