D’Angelo Russell is pretty fired up for having an opportunity to play with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. One of the most talented players in the league thinks that the Warriors’ backcourt has massive potential.
The 23-year-old combo-guard didn’t hide his excitement about the upcoming campaign, especially because of his new teammates.
“I think it’s like a video game. You got three guys who can shoot the three at a high clip. I think that’s really exciting for the fans,” said D-Lo.
Steph and Klay were the original “Splash Brothers,” and even though Kevin Durant adjusted to the Warriors’ game perfectly, the two-time NBA Finals MVP was never considered to be a member of this formation. His style of plays was simply different.
D'Angelo Russell (@Dloading) discusses his move to the Golden State Warriors, the team's loaded backcourt, the opportunity to play for Steve Kerr, what he's working on this offseason, his untapped potential, his new @footlocker campaign and much more. Q&A: https://t.co/jgx0C2k9J8
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But the thing with Russell is different. The former LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets player has many similarities with the two guys mentioned above. Because of that, the fans are already excited to see him play. Many are still believing that the Warriors are the No.1 favorite to win the title.
Even though they don’t have Kevin Durant and Boogie Cousins any more, and Klay Thompson might miss the majority of the season, the Dub Nation is thrilled. The fans are saying that Curry and D-Lo might bring back the old style of play, seen in the first championship season back in 2015. Lots of running, quick ball movement, pump fakes, and lots of threes.
That is what Russell speaks also.
“Threes are obviously worth more than twos at the end of the day, so I think it gives us an opportunity to win. I’m so excited, and I think we’re going to bring a lot of excitement.”
He’s been pretty solid in Brooklyn behind the arc, recording his career-high percentage, 36.9%, hitting 234 threes in 635 shots. But that is not the only aspect in which he recorded the best figures in his short career. Russell averaged 21.1 points, 7 dimes, 3.9 boards and 43.4% from the field.
Russell earned the invitation to the All-Star match and was one of the most pleasant surprises in the NBA. Everybody believed that he finally found his team and that the Nets are going to be his crew for a long time.
But the NBA is one dynamic thing. In no time, the franchise from Brooklyn found a way to team up Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, which meant that D-Lo has nothing to look for at the Barclay Center. That new fat contract everybody talked about wasn’t possible because Nets already had two enormous deals, plus DeAndre Jordan on his way to the city.
Right out of nowhere, the Warriors appeared, and they wanted the youngster to refresh the already tired core of the team. The player got $117 million for 4 years, and a chance to learn by the best.
“I’m excited,” Russell explained his feelings after a move to San Francisco. “I’m beyond excited! They’ve been to five straight Finals, and they do nothing but win.”
The competition in the West is unreal, and we already have at least five teams who are going after, not only the Conference title, but the finals. The Lakers, Clippers, Houston, Denver, all these teams are going to be a hell of competition for the GSW.
Everything is now up to Russell. He wanted a chance to play with the best of the best, and yet he got one.
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