D’Angelo Russell says part of the reason he loves Golden State is to become a winner
The Golden State Warriors made one of the more surprising moves of the offseason last month, swinging a sign-and-trade for All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.
The deal came on the heels of the Warriors losing Kevin Durant, so, at the very least, Golden State was able to recoup something for losing its best player.
Russell, who has spent the last two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, is thrilled to be with the Warriors because he wants to be more successful in terms of winning games:
“I’m beyond excited,” Russell told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “They’ve been to five straight Finals and they do nothing but win. That’s something that I’m trying to add to my resume in this league; [I want to] become a winner. I think this is the first step, going to a team of that caliber. I think it’ll work out pretty great too.”
Russell has indeed not done all that much winning thus far in his career.
The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Ohio State, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.
The Lakers went on to win just 17 games during Russell’s rookie campaign, and the following year, they totaled 26 wins before trading him to the Nets after drafting Lonzo Ball that ensuing summer.
Brooklyn then tallied just 28 victories in Russell’s first season with the club, but this past year, Russell finally made it to the playoffs, as the Nets won 42 games and notched the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.