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Watch Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell score career high 39 on Nets

Other names at the top of last year’s draft got off to faster starts — Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and on down the list.

But don’t sleep on No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell.

It was always going to take a little longer for him to come around because his game isn’t based on explosive athleticism. He was going to have to figure out how he could create space, use angles, and use his court vision to set himself and others up at the NBA level, and that would not come instantly. But it is coming. He is using hesitation moves, change of pace, and timing to get what he wants and the Lakers look better for it.

Russell dropped 39 on Brooklyn Tuesday night, the most scored by a Laker rookie since Elgin Baylor in 1959.

In his last five games, Russell is averaging 21.4 points per game, he’s shooting 62 percent from three, and his dishing out 4.8 assists a night. This was a good pick by the Lakers, and it’s starting to show.