He deserved it.
He got it.
Now, he balls out.
D’Angelo Russell is officially an NBA All-Star ... pic.twitter.com/QcvM1auKmY— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 1, 2019
Victor Oladipo's devastating leg injury torpedoed the Indiana Pacers' campaign, and he absolutely deserved to be honored with an All-Star spot of his own. But in his stead, Russell's the clear-cut redemption case to get the nod.
D-Loading, after looking borderline unplayable in crunch time situations as recently as this year, now averages 19.6 points per game and shoots 37.4 percent from range, a literal five percent improvement from last season. He's an entirely different, confident player, and his rainbow-arcing three-ball is a defining feature, the last step towards stardom. That shot is his and his alone, and it's working for him.
Congrats, kid. With a fierce Nets playoff series ahead of us, we've got plenty more Russell heroics on the horizon.