Top 10 Point Guards in the Western Conference
9.) D’Angelo Russell
Arguably the most popular pick for the Most Improved Player Award this season, Russell comes in as the 9th best point guard in the West.
If this ranking was based on which point guards you would want for the next five years, then Russell would move up drastically on this list, but for just this season, he still has some growing to do.
With Kobe Bryant out-of-the-way, the Lakers turn the keys of their franchise over to Russell as they begin to adopt a new identity with Luke Walton at the helm. As Russell continues to grow his game, he will need to prove that he has the leadership and defensive ability to be an elite point guard in the league.
His scoring and playmaking is there as the youngster captivated fans across the league after his impressive Summer League and preseason. Now Russell looks to translate that to the regular season where it looks like he will take a big step in his career.