D'Angelo Russell was as advertised in his debut with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Throughout his young career, Russell has been regarded as a prolific offensive talent, but a significant minus on the defensive end. Both characteristics were on display against the Toronto Raptors.
Russell got off to a strong start, scoring Minnesota's first basket of the game on his way to a productive first quarter in which he scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. He also had three assists in the opening frame, but was a team-worst minus-seven in eight minutes.
He didn't take long to show off his marksmanship from long distance.
D'ANGELO RUSSELL FROM A WHOLE NOTHER CANADIAN PROVINCE pic.twitter.com/ecQzvXUzeO— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 11, 2020
lefty launchin' pic.twitter.com/X1q2XWJA8U— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 11, 2020
However, Russell's debut got worse as it wore on.
He finished the Timberwolves' 11-point loss to the Raptors with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Yet, he committed a game-high six turnovers, and was a game-worst minus-22 in 32 minutes of action.
Looking is overrated pic.twitter.com/810xhYib4P— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 11, 2020
Minnesota is Russell's fourth NBA team, and the previous three -- including the Warriors -- all learned you have to take the bad with the good. Based on his debut, the Timberwolves are already learning the same.