Nets’ Jared Dudley starts D’Angelo Russell’s All-Star campaign
D’Angelo Russell has been on fire lately, helping the Brooklyn Nets get win after win. The team has climbed its way to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and there is now a legitimate case to be made for Russell’s presence in the All-Star game
Jared Dudley, in fact, has started campaigning for his Nets teammate and emphasized the team’s record amid D’Angelo Russell’s offensive explosion.
Ok is official!!! I’m now starting the campaign for @Dloading for the All-Star game!!!! The @BrooklynNets are 17-5 in our last 22! 6th seed in the East! The man has taken his game to the next level!!! It’s time to show him some love!!!!!!
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 21, 2019
In the 22 games Dudley mentioned in his tweet, Russell is putting up All-Star worthy numbers. Playing 29.5 minutes a night this season, he is averaging 19 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 39.5 percent from deep and 47.2 percent overall.
Russell was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, after the Nets posted big wins against teams like the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics last week. Brooklyn followed that up with a 123-94 win against the Sacramento Kings on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In that game, Russell put up 31 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. That marked his eighth game this season scoring 30-plus points, which is more than he has put up in his last three seasons combined.
Dudley isn’t the only one who thinks the 22-year-old is deserving of his first All-Star appearance. Russell hasn’t been shy in expressing to the media that he believes he is playing at an All-Star level. Unfortunately for D’Angelo, the fan voting returns haven’t mirrored that sentiment, as he hasn’t even cracked the top 10 for Eastern guards.
If Russell finds himself playing in the All-Star game next month, he will be the first Nets player to do so since Joe Johnson in 2014. Hopefully, some campaigning from Jared Dudley can help him make his way to Charlotte for the All-Star game.