The Los Angeles Lakers surprised many onlookers with their decision to select D'Angelo Russell at number two in this year's NBA Draft.
Overlooking Jahlil Okofor, the Lakers saw more star potential in the point guard out of Ohio State and hope they will be justified in the years to come.
Making a statement
Russell isn't going to be elite right away, as his erratic summer league displays have shown, but one play the young rookie made yesterday against the Dallas Mavericks had Lakers fans very excited.
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The Lakers were up against the Dallas Mavericks yesterday and trailing by nine points with seconds remaining in the first quarter. Step forward D'Angelo Russell to drain a sensational buzzer beater from virtually his own free throw line.
Yes, we know Russell's shot didn't count in the end but as the game commentator put it:
"It is late, but it is beautiful."
And fans, both in the Las Vegas arena and on social media, were more than impressed with the sheer audacity, and skill, of the young man.
Russell, like the Los Angeles Lakers themselves, is a work in progress and can't be expected to suddenly dominate the NBA when the new season arrives - especially faced with such stellar opposition in the Western Conference.
He has shown some naivety already this summer league with a number of turnovers marring some impressive play. There is though no doubt that he has the talent to take on the mantle of a Lakers star.
Russell comes into the NBA having developed a reputation for being able to think on the run and come up with plays that others may not see. His 65 foot shot yesterday proves just that.
As well as putting in the hours in summer league basketball D'Angelo Russell is reportedly set to receive some advice from a man who knows the NBA, and the point guard position, better than most.
Both Russell and fellow young Laker Jordan Clarkson are set to take part in some workout sessions with recently retired Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash.
If Russell can take even just a little away from those sessions and combine it with his instinctive talent then Lakers fans will have more to cheer about in the near future.
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