Despite the few off the court problems and injuries D’Angelo Russell might have had in his so far very short NBA career, the point guard when on his game can be as lethal as any other person on the court. The Ohio State Buckeye, who only managed one college basketball year in which he won almost every individual award available to him, is hoping to get his game back on track with the Brooklyn Nets to achieve the heights his talent certainly deserves.
Biography (Wiki, Age)
Russell was born D’Angelo Dante Russell to Keisha Rowe and Antonio Russell on the 23rd of February 1996 in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Central High School in his hometown for a year before later transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. At Montverde, Russell built a solid partnership with future NBA player Ben Simmons as their team won back to back High School National Tournament championships.
D’Angelo Russell was recruited by a number of high profile college programs including the University of North Carolina, Michigan State, and Louisville. The player, however, opted to attend Ohio State University to play for the Buckeyes. In his first college year, Russell kept up his performances for the team, becoming the first freshman to record a triple-double. He went on to average 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 35 games, earning him the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award as well as Consensus All-American First-Team and first-team All-Big Ten honors.
The star player was further awarded the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, Wayman Tisdale Award, and Jerry West Award before he announced he was forgoing his remaining college years to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.
Injury and Career Stats
With the second overall pick, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted D’Angelo Russell and signed him to a rookie scale contract. He was a part of the Magic Johnson‘s plan to rebuild the team and Russell showed all the signs of him becoming the next big thing for the LakeShow. His performances in the first half of the season earned him a participation in the Rising Stars Challenge and by the end of the season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
On the 26th of October 2016, Russell kicked off his second season by scoring 20 points against the Houston Rockets. He kept up his performance until he injured his left knee on the 23rd of November and had to receive a Platelet-rich plasma injection that kept him out for two weeks. Russell returned to action on the 11th of December but was about a month later sidelined after an MRI confirmed he suffered a mild MCL sprain in his right knee as well as a right calf strain and had also bruised his bone. He ended up managing to make 63 appearances and averaging 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
D’Angelo Russell’s career with the Lakers came to an abrupt end in the offseason after his team announced he was being traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Russel enjoyed a good start to life in Brooklyn until he suffered an injury to his left knee that needed arthroscopic surgery. He made a comeback in January 2018 and even though it took some time, he was able to regain form as he put in a couple of notable performances, including recording his first career triple-double on March 23 in a game against the Raptors.
In 2015, D’Angelo Russell signed a four-year contract worth over $23 million with the Los Angeles Lakers. He received about $5.2 million in the first two years of the contract before taking home around $5.56 million in the third year. For the 2018-19 season, Russell will be paid around $7.02 million after which he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Who is D’Angelo Russell’s Girlfriend?
D’Angelo Russell has been linked to a number of hotties over the years. His first notable public relationship was with Niki Withers, a University of Southern California volleyball player who he dated during his time with the Lakers. The two eventually broke up and following his trade to Brooklyn, which was portrayed as a step down in his career, Ms. Withers made the headlines for posting “L O L” on Twitter which was presumed to be directed at him.
Russel’s next relationship was with another volleyball player, Janay Bankston, who attended California State University, Stanislaus. The couple was pictured only once in public together when they attended the movie premiere of War Dogs (2016). In recent times, the point guard has been linked to Gabby Engersgaard who he has been spotted within and around New York. Not much is known about her and of their relationship as the couple is said to be keeping things between them private.
D’Angelo Russell might not appear to be very tall when he is playing against massive NBA players like DeAndre Jordan and Brook Lopez, however, when he steps off the court, the point guard who stands at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) will be probably dwarfing the majority of people he comes across.