Russell added to his string of quality performances Friday night, when the Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-96. Russell scored a team-high 31 points as the Warriors’ extended their win streak to four games, their longest of the season.
The Warriors are 4-1 in the past five games, and Russell has been a key player for the team’s offense during the stretch. He has averaged 26.4 points per game and 5.6 assists in the past five games. Russell has also shot 41.9% from the field and 33.9% from the 3-point line.
With Russell having multiple good performances, it shows how he can help the Warriors when healthy. According to NBA.com, the Warriors shoot 44.7% from the field when Russell is on the floor. They shoot 41.9% when he’s off the floor.
As a dynamic combo guard, Russell has proven to have a deep offensive skill set. He is most prominent scoring in the midrange and as a ball handler in the pick-and-roll.
According to NBA.com, Russell is shooting 58.2% from 15-19 feet of the basket. He is scoring 8.3 points per game as a ball handler in the pick-and-roll.
Along with his prowess as a ball handler, Russell is shooting 35.2% from the 3-point line for his career. A quality playmaker, Russell has averaged 5.1 assists in his career.
Despite missing 12 games this season, Russell is the Warriors’ leading scorer. He’s averaging a career-high 22.7 points, and he’s dishing 6.0 assists per game. Russell is also leading the Warriors in usage percentage (31.4%).
At 23 years old, Russell is a one-time All-Star and has proven to have one of the most diverse offensive arsenals in the game. As he continues his fifth season, he’ll have more opportunities to show why he can be an important player for the Warriors going forward.