• Though the Nets were smoked by a 133-114 final on Wednesday, D’Angelo Russell provided a bright spot with 24 points, three assists, two triples and two steals on 9-of-20 shooting.

    The shooting touch was nice, though we don’t expect Russell to help your efficiency this season. On the flip side he was only 4-of-7 from the charity stripe, and that’s abnormally poor for him. Russell enters the season as a foundational piece for Brooklyn and should have all the opportunity in the world to prove himself as the team’s franchise point guard. It’s that long leash that fires up the hype train, and D’Lo’s combination of guaranteed touches and immense talent make him a worthy middle-round selection.

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