D’Angelo Russell Modeled His Game After Stephen Curry, Manu Ginobili

Following his freshman season at Ohio State, D’Angelo Russell announced his intention to enter the 2015 NBA Draft and is expected to be among the top five players taken on June 25. Along with letting it be known he’ll be headed to the NBA, Russell flew out to Los Angeles to accept the Jerry West Award as the first-ever winner of the award as the best shooting guard in the country.

— Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! —

Cassy Athena caught up with Russell for her latest episode of “Thru The Lens.” Russell talked about his time in Los Angeles from coaching a special Olympics basketball team with Baylor’s Nina Davis to players he’s modeled his game after.

Russell said the following about the players he’s admired while developing his game, via Athena:

“First, I would say Manu Ginobili. Just his passing ability and his thought process throughout every game.

“In this newer age, Steph Curry. Curry is like an icon to me. I look up to him. Everything he does is right.”

With Russell expected to be selected somewhere in the top five picks of the upcoming draft, there’s a very good chance the 6’5″ guard is wearing purple and gold next season. The Los Angeles Lakers will have a high lottery pick in the draft if the pick doesn’t fall out of the top five.

The Lakers have a 17.2 percent chance of losing the pick during the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19, but if able to retain the pick, rather than sending it to the Philadelphia 76ers, Russell might be there for the taking.

[divide]


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Lakers Starters 2012 Media Day Photo Gallery

I was looking through some of the pictures from Media Day and…

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Admires Michael Jordan’s Aggressiveness

Kobe Bryant only needs 99 points to pass Michael Jordan and move…

Luke Walton Believes Kyle Kuzma’s ‘Competitive Energy’ Rubs Off On Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers got back in the win column with their 107-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. While they are still dealing with injuries, Luke Walton’s team did…

Lakers News: Front Office Exercises Team Options On Brandon Ingram And Larry Nance Jr.

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised team options to keep Larry Nance Jr. and Brandon Ingram in purple and gold until at least the summer of 2019…