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Free Projections + Analysis: D’Angelo Russell

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by Eric Wong on September 11, 2017

Russell is happy to be in Brooklyn, but should fantasy owners be happy to use a Top 40 pick on him?

Even our Basic Draft Guide includes Player Profiles + Stat Projections for 300+ players. Some sites like to take the easy way out by relying on algorithms to make their projections, but we continue to calculate by hand, going team by team, player by player, category by category.

Now let’s see what we should be expecting from D’Angelo…

D’Angelo Russell

Brooklyn’s new franchise player, but kind of by default. Fans expecting a breakout year from Russell last season were mostly disappointed, as his minutes stayed under 29 mpg and he shot below 41% from the field and just over 35% from 3-point range. His accuracy from deep is closely tied to D’Angelo’s overall FG%, because 44% of his shot attempts were threes last season. And if he can become more reliable from outside the arc that will also open up the rest of his game, because he doesn’t have blow-by speed like some other guards.

Instead Russell tries to rely on his length, skill and smarts, but at 21 years old he’s still lacking in strength and experience. At least in Brooklyn he’s going to be playing 30+ minutes every night, and perhaps 34+ mpg if he performs well. An optimistic but not TOO crazy projection for D-Lo in 2017-18 is 19-20 points, 4-5 rebounds, 5-6 assists, around 1.5 steals and 2.5+ triples per game. The bad news is that D’Angelo will probably shoot sub-42% FG again, and he’s likely to go through some rough patches.

Bottom Line: Russell will likely start at shooting guard alongside Jeremy Lin, but can easily slide over to point guard when Lin is injured or out of the game (or if they want to use Jeremy as their 6th man). The Nets don’t have many proven scorers or playmakers, so they’ll want to keep D’Angelo on the floor as much as possible. The youngster is going to be prone to mistakes and MUST GET STRONGER, but his potential is still pretty high if he’s willing to put in the work (I suggest the lefty add more craftiness to his game by studying Harden and Ginobili vigorously). While he has Top 40 fantasy potential in 8-cat leagues, you may want to wait until pick #50 or later before going after him.

RotoEvil’s 2017-18 Projections for: D’Angelo Russell
Free Fantasy Basketball Projections - D'Angelo Russell

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