D'Angelo Russell has demonstrated a number of varying strengths in his game during his inaugural season in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie has increased his accuracy on three-pointers as the season has continued, his shooting from the left elbow has been significantly above average at 44.7%, and he has also contributed better than expected defense for a 19-year old rookie.
Our own Drew Garrison broke down another rapidly improving aspect of Russell's game on Friday, showing how the point guard has used his increasing bulk and seasoning to take smaller guards like poor Norris Cole of the New Orleans Pelicans into the post to punish them on the block.
One more unexpected development that the rookie has apparently added to his game is a series of unorthodox trick shots, which he debuted in a gym in San Antonio after the Lakers' practice, and the team's official Twitter feed captured the scary development for the rest of the league:
I'm going to go out on a limb and say if Russell can make those shots on a regular basis, he will probably turn into a pretty solid player.
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