D’Angelo Russell NBA draft profile
D’Angelo Russell-Combo Guard-Ohio State Fr.
|D'Angelo Russell||PG- Ohio State|
|Award:||1st team All-American as a Freshman|
- Combo Guard who plays smart, high basketball IQ
- Great Wingspan
- Quick release
- Game translates well to the NBA: solid in pick-n-roll
- Solid three-game: 41% at Ohio State
- Confident in his game
- Great handle and ball skills
- Needs to figure out position PG/SG at the NBA level (will depend on team)
- Needs to become a better defender
- Not the fastest guard
- Does not have great “hops”
- Still young: 19 years-old
Coming off of a very productive Freshman campaign with the Buckeyes, Russell is a sure-fire top ten pick, and could challenge for the top overall selection. Coming into the league as a teenager, D’Angelo can still improve on his already gifted basketball abilities. The NBA is turning into a guard-driven league, making Russell even more valuable. Throughout the NBA season, big-time NBA scouts and front office personnel watched Russell play up-close and live to get a glimpse at his talent. Phil Jackson was fined by the NBA for talking about how gifted Russell was in-season this year after Jackson watched an Ohio State game live.
While it’s likely the first overall selection will be spent on a big-man, Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay are the only guards who can be chosen that early. The reason is simple, they are a step ahead of everyone else, which is saying a lot for teenagers.
Projected Pick: 3rd overall
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