D’Angelo Russell averaged 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4 assists in the Summer League but that wasn’t enough to get the Los Angeles Lakers guard into any of the All-NBA Summer League Teams.
Last week, Russell hit an emphatic buzzer beater as the Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers to maintain a winning record in the tournament. And even though they dropped the next game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lakers finished the tourney with a 4-1 record and 3-1 with Russell on the floor.
Media members voted for All-Summer League teams, leaving off D’Angelo Russell (22 ppg, 6R, 4A, LAL 3-1 when played). pic.twitter.com/knx5Oqc0b3
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 18, 2016
Did Russell get unceremoniously snubbed? Remember, the guard became the youngest player in NBA history to hit at least 120 3-pointers and still failed to make the All Rookie First Team. In fact, Russell finished ninth in the Rookie of the Year voting, something that Lakers fans haven’t forgotten.
Luke Walton high on D’Angelo Russell…
Despite the media and the rest of the NBA world continuing to underrate Russell, new head coach Luke Walton is optimistic that his young point guard will prove doubters wrong next season.
“He’s (Russell) been absolutely phenomenal for us. He’s been a leader, he’s been talking in practice and trying to constantly pick the coaches brains about what we see,” Walton said during an appearance on LA Today with Bill Reiter and Leeann Tweeden.
Walton also praised Russell’s work ethic. “He’s in the gym every morning before we even got to Summer League working out, then coming back at night and working out. His work ethic and his desire to play the way we want him to play, and his competitive nature have been incredible in the short amount of time that me and my staff have been down here.”
D'Angelo Russell did not make All-Summer League teams after averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Let them 💤💤💤.
— Dan Duangdao (@DanDuangdao) July 18, 2016
A day after his final Summer League game, D’Angelo Russell told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes that the team is headed int he right direction. “I think we learned a lot (during the Summer League). A lot of guys went forward, a lot of guys stayed the same, and a lot of guys went backwards. But as a team, I feel like we showed that we’re on our way. As a team, we didn’t go backwards. That’s all that matters right now.”
D’Angelo Russell, the second overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists during his rookie season.
Best player at Summer League was D'Angelo Russell, who was treating it like one of those NBA guys who shows up at Rucker
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) July 18, 2016