Russell scored 25 points (10-22 FG, 5-13 3Pt) while adding two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 32 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Pistons.
The fourth-year guard has yet to average more than 2.1 three-pointers a game or shoot better than 35.2 percent from beyond the arc in an NBA season, but at least in this contest Russell looked like a dangerous long-range threat. Whether that carries over consistently into the regular season remains to be seen, but his fantasy value would see a significant boost if he has improved his shooting from the outside.
Russell scored 11 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three assists, one rebound and one steal across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 110-97 loss to the Celtics.
Russell started in this one, but he played less than half the game as the likes of Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas enjoyed effective nights out of the backcourt. The third-year guard finished the season alternating effective performances with poor ones and will finish the season with averages of 15.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. It was thought that Russell would be the focal point of the franchise following his acquisition in the offseason, but his exact role seemed to vary by the game and it remains to be seen if he's given the reins in 2018/19.
Russell accounted for 21 points (9-21 FG, 3-12 3Pt), six rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals in 36 minutes Monday in Brooklyn's win over Chicago.
Russell collected a double-double Monday against the Bulls, marking his third double-digit assist performance in the past nine games. The third-year point guard has been inconsistent and inefficient from the field, which should call his high usage rating into question. His first season in Brooklyn was plagued by injuries, which is most definitely a factor worth considering. However, the mid-range game is the one area where Russell truly excels and it's tough to build an offense around 16-18 foot jumpers. From a fantasy perspective, Russell can produce across a slew of categories when he's on, but it seems he is off more often than not.
Russell registered 12 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds and one block across 23 minutes in Saturday's 124-96 win over the Bulls.
Russell shot only 40.0 percent overall, capping his contributions on a night when the Nets set a franchise record for made three-pointers. The third-year guard has been inconsistent with his shot as the season winds down, as he's shot under the 40.0 percent mark in five of his last eight games. That's kept his scoring contributions somewhat in flux, but Russell has remained steady across other categories -- factoring in Saturday's line, he's dished out at least five assists in five of the last six contests and has hauled in five or more rebounds on six occasions since March 13, as well.
Russell finished with 22 points (9-16 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five assists and one rebound across 28 minutes in Thursday's 119-111 victory over Milwaukee.
The scoring was nice for Russell's owners but he contributed little else. He has been hot and cold lately, reflected by his inconsistent playing time. He remains a must-own player but the Nets have shown they are comfortable moving him to the bench in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie should the situation call for it.
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