Since being taken with the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell has played for four teams in his five seasons in the league. That includes the Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, and his current team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he was traded last February in a deal that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors. Today, however, we’re looking at D’Angelo Russell’s net worth in 2020.
D’Angelo Russell’s net worth in 2020: $25 million
Entering his sixth season, the 24-year old has only played for one team that finished the season with a .500 record or better: the 2018-2019 Brooklyn Nets, which finished the season at 42-40 and made the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Russell was named an All Star that season, but he was unable to match his success in Brooklyn once he returned to the Western Conference with Golden State and Minnesota. Now, Russell will have a chance to prove that along with center Karl Anthony-Towns, their gaudy numbers and massive contracts will translate to success for the Timberwolves.
In his five seasons in the league, the former Ohio State Buckeye has earned an estimated $50.2 million. Reports state that he currently has a net worth of $25 million, a figure that will most certainly increase, as he still has three remaining seasons in his current deal with Minnesota. Russell was the highest paid player on the Timberwolves last season, earning $27.2 million.
With the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely ending the 2019-2020 season, he played just 12 games for the Timberwolves, averaging 21.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.4 steals, shooting 41.2% from the field and 34.5% from beyond the arc. These numbers are close to his numbers when he was named to his lone All Star selection in his career two seasons ago. His earnings as well as his numbers for Minnesota are a far cry from his production back when played for a Lakers team that had Kobe Bryant in his final, injury-plagued years.
From Louisville to Columbus to Los Angeles. Welcome home @Dloading!!
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 25, 2015
As a rookie, Russell put up 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals, shooting 41% from the field and 35.1% from downtown in 80 games for Los Angeles. He showed promise in his first season, and was named to the Rising Stars Challenge in the All Star Weekend. He set a record by erupting for 39 points on eight three-pointers in a March 1 game against Brooklyn, scoring the most points by a Laker rookie in the regular season since Elgin Baylor in 1959. At the end of the season, Russel was named to the All Rookie Second Team, and earned a salary of $5.1 million in his first season with the Purple and Gold.
Success continued to elude the Lakers the following season, with turned out to be Bryant’s last one. Despite the mounting losses, however, Russell improved on every statistical category from his rookie season, averaging 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 40.5% from the field and 35.2% from distance. His earnings also took a bump from his first season, as he earned $5.3 million as a sophomore. With Bryant riding off into the sunset after an illustrious career, Russell, along with other young players like Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson were seen as the future of the franchise.
Welcome to the Brooklyn Nets, D'Angelo Russell! pic.twitter.com/eGD1JgGEE7
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) June 20, 2017
But Russell never had the chance to prove himself, as he was dealt to the Nets on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft along with Timofey Mozgov in exchange for Brook Lopez and the rights to Kyle Kuzma, the 27th overall pick in the draft. At the time of the trade, Sportskeeda reported that his net worth was at around $2.5 million, which mostly came from his salary with the Lakers and Nets and his endorsements, which includes a deal with Nike.
Less than a month after his debut for his new team, Russell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, which put him out of action for more than two months. He returned in January and ended up playing just 48 games in his first season in Brooklyn, averaging 15.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists, shooting 41.4% from the field and a career-low 32.4% from three-point range. Nevertheless, Russell earned $5.5 million in his first season in Brooklyn, an increase from his earnings with the Lakers.
The 2018-2019 season marked Russell’’s All Star turn, as he put up 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, a career-high seven assists, and 1.2 steals while shooting 43.4% from the field and 36.9% from beyond the arc. Under Kenny Atkinson, the Nets finished with a 42-40 record and a spot in the NBA playoffs, giving Russell his first taste of playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers, which defeated Brooklyn in six games. Following his breakout season, Russell made $7 million, the highest annual salary that he’s received so far. His success also meant that he could be in line for a bigger payday, especially with the end of his rookie contract.
D-Lo is a Warrior. Wow.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 1, 2019
The Nets, however, had other stars in their sights, as they dealt Russell to the Warriors in a move to acquire Kevin Durant and pair him with Kyrie Irving, who left the Boston Celtics. The move, however, included Russell signing a four-year, $117 million deal with the Warriors, the winners of three of the last five champions. Russell would not have a chance to play with the All Star backcourt of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, as both players were sidelines with injuries. In his first season for the Dubs, where he made $27.2 million, Russell suited up for 33 games, averaging a career-best 23.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists, making 43% of his shots from the field and 37.4% from downtown.
❄️ ICE IN HIS VEINS ❄️ pic.twitter.com/2agANaquDr
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 6, 2020
Then came the move at the trade deadline, with saw him join the Timberwolves and Towns, the first overall pick of the 2015 Draft. After prolonged offseason, he will have the chance to prove that he can return to the heights that he reached with Brooklyn, and that he is worthy of the contract he signed with the Warriors, which will pay him another $28.6 million next season, making him the second highest paid player on the team next to Towns.
Russell has certainly come a long way from the young guard out of Ohio State who showed everyone that he has ice in his veins. He has earned his status as an All Star and is now being paid like one. Now, for him to get to the next level and be considered as among the game’s best players, he needs to team up with Towns and bring success to a Timberwolves team that has long been deprived of it, and prove that the team was right in trading for him and paying him big money.
Nevertheless, were you at all shocked by D’Angelo Russell’s net worth in 2020?