D'Angelo Russell poses at the 2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Aug. 8.
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Rookies Pick Russell as Draft's Best Playmaker

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

According to his fellow rookies, nobody in the 2015 NBA Draft class is a better playmaker than D’Angelo Russell. The second overall pick — who averaged 19.3 points and 5.0 assist in his lone season at Ohio State — received 40.0 percent of the vote among the 36 rookies who were polled by the NBA at the Panini Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this month.

Russell also finished in a tie with Emmanuel Mudiay for fourth (9.7 percent) in the category predicting the 2016 Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, Russell, the amateur hypeman, was voted the third-funniest rookie by his peers (5.7 percent).

Fellow rookie Laker Anthony Brown — who shot 43.1 percent from the field and 44.1 percent on 3-pointers at Stanford last year — also received plenty of respect, as he finished fourth in the voting for the class’ best shooter (5.9 percent). In addition, the No. 34 pick received votes in the categories for the best defender and biggest steal of the draft.

Finally, in his 20th NBA season Kobe Bryant garnered some love from the newcomers who were infants when he first donned a Lakers jersey. Bryant took in the second-most votes for the class’ favorite player in the league (18.2 percent), just behind Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (21.2 percent).

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