D’Angelo Russell: ‘I Consider Myself The Top Player In The Draft’

The Los Angeles Lakers surprised everyone during the 2015 NBA Draft by passing on Jahlil Okafor to select Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick.

— Have you seen the ‘Lakers Nation’ phone case? —

On Monday, Russell, along with Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown, spoke to the media in an introductory press conference. Russell was surprised as anyone that he was drafted by the Lakers, via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

All signs pointed to the Lakers going with Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns if the Minnesota Timberwolves decided pass on the Kentucky product. Russell was said to be in consideration to be drafted by Los Angeles, but no one seemed to take the speculation seriously.

Russell also made the bold statement during his presser claiming to be the best player in the draft, via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:

With the Lakers showing extreme confidence in their selection of Russell, the organization feels he the former Buckeye can be a superstar-caliber player in the NBA. Although many within the organization are content with bringing in Russell, the 19-year-old will be put under a microscope next season with many judging whether he was worth the gamble for Los Angeles.

The real question moving forward is whether Mitch Kupchak and company can surround Russell with the talent needed to be a successful on the next level. Los Angeles is off to a great start with the rookie set to play alongside Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Kobe Bryant, but more pieces are needed to truly contend in a highly competitive Western Conference.

[divide]

One-On-One With D’Angelo Russell

You May Also Like

Derek Fisher Blames Tough Schedule For Recent Struggles & The Top NBA News

Top Story The Los Angeles Lakers have lost two consecutive games and…

VIDEO: Top Five Phil Jackson Lakers Moments

In order to be a great team in the NBA, having great…

Lakers News: D’Antoni Believes Nash Inspires Confidence In Teammates

Steve Nash is truly a special point guard when he is healthy.…

Lakers Podcast: Potential Of Young Lakers Plus Who Could Be Traded This Summer?

The Los Angeles Lakers may be looking at standings for all of the wrong reasons right now, but keeping their top-three protected pick would be a major win for the franchise…