'Sink or swim' for D'Angelo Russell with high draft pick looming


SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 12:  D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers questions a call by referee Aaron Smith during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on December 12, 2016 in Sacramento, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Fred Roggin and Jason Smith discussed Wednesday how elite college point guards such as Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz have applied immediate pressure to the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell.

The Lakers are on pace to hold one of the top picks in this year's NBA Draft, and given Russell's inconsistency at point guard throughout his brief tenure, the team may not want to pass up on a potential cornerstone. 

"This is such a sink or swim time for D'Angelo Russell. These next 30 games is his future with the Lakers," Smith said. "If he's consistent and playing great, then 'okay, he's our guy.' But if it's like D'Angelo Russell has been where he plays like he did night, and then the next two nights it's 3-for-10 shooting and he only plays in 23 minutes because of foul trouble. Whatever it is. Then you realize he's not the guy."

Listen to the discussion below.

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