It has been a rough few years for the L.A. Lakers, but things are finally beginning to look up.
There is no chance the franchise are going to be contending in the Western Conference this season, but there is a lot of potential in the locker room that will produce a much more frugal future.
One guy who has been lighting it up during the preseason is point guard D'Angelo Russell. Coming off a turbulent rookie year, the former Buckeye seems far more comfortable in Luke Walton's new system.
He continued his fine form - that dates back to the Las Vegas Summer League - with another 30+ points performance against the Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers may have lost the exhibition 116-104 - taking their record to 2-3 in warm-ups - but Russell's display was brilliant.
His 31 points, on 10-14 shooting from the field and 83 percent from three-point land, was not the most impressive component, though.
It was the sophomore's ability to run the floor that really caught the eye. His lack of assists has often been a criticism, but Russell provided 11 dimes throughout the night and only recorded two turnovers.
We've seen glimpses of Russell's ability during the regular season, but it's now time for him to become a consistent threat.