D'Angelo Russell best suited as a shooter, not distributor


Second-year Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell has been a lightning rod for critics as the team sputters to the finish of yet another disappointing season.

Some of the criticism falls on Russell's shoulders, as a former No. 2 overall pick that has struggled to progress in his second year in the league. Perhaps part of the problem, however, is that Russell is simply not built to be a starting NBA point guard at this point in his career.

NBA Insider Chris Broussard joined Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete to discuss.

"D'Angelo has talent. He's got a place in this league," Broussard said. "I think he's a good rotation player, and could be a starter on a good team as he matures. He has the talent.

"I think he's more of a shooter. He can pass, but I don't think that's his mentality."

This is not a shot at Russell, as Broussard mentions All-Star point guards such as Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard that aren't true distributors. The problem for the Lakers is, they have little indication if Russell can develop into an elite scorer like these two.

Listen to the full segment below.


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