Lakers: Best and Worst Case Scenario For D’Angelo Russell Next Season

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Sophomore slump or comeback of the year? Here are some early best and worst case scenarios for D’Angelo Russell‘s 2016-17 season with the Los Angeles Lakers

D’Angelo Russell‘s rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers was about as turbulent as you could get. I mean, it wasn’t Julius Randle season ending injury in the first game of the season devastating, but I think you get the picture.

From scandals with teammates to Kobe Bryant‘s farewell tour to Byron Scott‘s sad attempt at coaching or grand attempt at tanking, Russell was never given a fair shot in year one of what hopes to be a long and fruitful career in Los Angeles.

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Journeying from “he ain’t even stretch doe” kid to USA Select Team member, Russell has done his best to solidify his prophecy of being a late blooming star, and there’s no time like the present to do just that.

Coming off an impressive Summer League campaign where he put up 21.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4 assist in four games and looked more like an NBA player at a Pro-Am game than a “Rajon Rondo-Dion Waiters hybrid,” the sky is the limit for the Lakers’ young point guard.

With all of this in mind, without further adieu, here are the best and worst case scenarios for D’Angelo Russell’s sophomore year with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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