Lakers News: Luke Walton Compares D’Angelo Russell to Stephen Curry and More

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t start their 2016-17 season until Oct. 26, but there is plenty of news circulating around one of the NBA’s marquee franchises.

The 16-time champions have a new coach in Luke Walton, and he is finalizing his overall roster and eventual rotation as the preseason draws to a close. He recently compared D’Angelo Russell to Stephen Curry, which should have Los Angeles fans teeming with anticipation for the second-year player to hit his prime.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the news surrounding the Lakers as they attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. 


Luke Walton Sees Parallels Between Russell and Curry

Russell is the future of the franchise alongside rookie Brandon Ingram.

Shahan Ahmed of Yahoo Sports asked Walton if he sees parallels between Russell and Curry, which prompted the following response: "He can shoot the heck out of the ball. He sees the game. He has a nice flash about him when he gets going." 

It’s far too early to start comparing Russell to the best player in the NBA. The Ohio State product showed flashes as a rookie on his way to 13.2 points per night behind 35.1 percent shooting from three-point range, but Curry is in a class of his own.

Russell scored 33 points against the Denver Nuggets and 31 points against the Sacramento Kings during the preseason and appears to be assuming more of a leadership role on the floor with the ball in his hands.

Like Curry, he is versatile enough to play as a point guard and facilitate the offense or on the wing as someone who works off screens to create openings. 

Still, Curry made a ridiculous 402 three-pointers a season ...

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