In Russell's last game in the NBA D-League before earning a Call-Up to the Detroit Pistons -- and subsequently logging his first NBA minutes, at 29 years old, a few nights later -- he dished out 16 assists against the Dakota Wizards on Jan. 17. Eight days before, he chipped in 19 (!!) to go along with 19 points against the Bakersfield Jam.
And neither one was out of character. Last year, Russell led the NBA D-League in assists per game and, for the advanced-metric-inclined, Assist Percentage. With an AST% of 39.7, the Mad Ants flowed through him. In 28 games for the Pistons, he averaged 2.1 assists in 12 minutes a night.
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