The Los Angeles Lakers were criticized for drafting D’Angelo Russell ahead of Jahlil Okafor at last year’s NBA Draft. It turns out that the plan was to pair Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt to compete with Golden State Warriors and their Splash Brothers – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Thus far, the Lakers front office has triumphed with flying colors. Russell and Clarkson have formed a dynamic duo since the all-star break, helping the team achieve three victories in their last five games.
During the monumental victory against the Warriors (on March 6), Clarkson and Russell combined for 46 points. Against the Magic, this last Tuesday, the Swag Bros. combined for 51 points.
There isn’t a shortage of dynamic backcourts in the NBA. Besides Curry-Thompson, there is the Portland duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Toronto Raptors duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Washington Wizards duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, etc. In the coming seasons, will Clarkson and Russell be spoken of in the same vein?
Clarkson coins the name ‘Swag Bros.’
According to Lakers reporter Mark Medina, Clarkson christened the new nickname recently. No doubt, the moniker of Swag Bros. isn’t a bad one. Both Russell and Clarkson surely carry a lot of swagger and have unique celebrations (watch Vines below).
With Russell, Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, the Lakers have found an impressive quartet of young stars to build around. With another lottery pick set to be added to the roster, the Lakers will be an exciting team next season. Granted, they are nowhere close to competing for a title, but fans of the Purple & Gold are starting to rejoice after a long time, regardless of the team’s inability to make the postseason.
Will resident veteran “Swaggy P” aka Nick Young have a problem with Clarkson’s new nickname? Stay tuned for latest Lakers news.
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