D’Angelo Russell named to replace injured Victor Oladipo in All-Star Game

D’Angelo Russell — the former No. 2 pick of the Lakers that Magic Johnson traded away saying “what I needed was a leader” — is going to be an All-Star. Before any of the Lakers’ young core.

This is Russell’s first All-Star selection and it’s well deserved. Russell is averaging 19.6 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds a game, leading the surprising Nets to a 28-25 mark and in the playoffs in the East. The Nets deserved an All-Star and Russell has earned this spot with his play.

Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell named to replace injured Victor Oladipo in All-Star Game