Prior to each season, the NBA general managers participate in an annual survey for that upcoming campaign. Among this is voting for which player will have a breakout season, which Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell finished fourth. In light of that, the 20-year-old has his eyes set on one goal in his second year.
One of D’Angelo Russell’s goals this season: win the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 20, 2016
Russell is coming off a strong rookie campaign that saw him average 13.2 points and 3.3 assists while playing just 28.2 minutes per game. He will have an opportunity to expand on that in this upcoming season as the Lakers’ top scoring option. In line with this, head coach Luke Walton has already given him a voice of confidence that he can average 20 points per game.
He’s also off to a strong start in the preseason leading the team in scoring (17.9 points) and assists (5.3) in 29.5 minutes per game. Russell has hit 18 three-pointers through the first seven games. As long as he remains relatively healthy, he’s a strong candidate to win that prestigious award.