Two names that continue to appear in NBA rumors right now for the Minnesota Timberwolves are the names of All-Star center Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves’-sometimes point guard D’Angelo Russell. Their names are brought up, not as coveted players, but in the types of discussions that often fall as prerequisites to eventual trades.
Gobert is mentioned in the context of “I wish we hadn’t,” as more and more Minnesota Timberwolves fans step up and admit publicly that they are nervous and anxious over the trade that sent four picks and five players to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Gobert to compete for the Timberwolves.
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Russell, a.k.a. D’Lo, is mentioned in the same context as house guests who have overstayed their welcome by a period of several days. Fans bring up D’Angelo Russell’s name, despite the fact that he remains one of the key contributors and leading scorers on this team, in a “When is he finally going to be out of here?” context.
On the team statistics, D’Lo is the third leading scorer for the team with an average of 17.0 points per game. Gobert is next with an average of 13.9 points per game. Russell leads the team in assists with an average of 6.4 assists per game, and he is tied as the runner-up in steals with an average of 1.1 steals per game, second only to shooting guard Anthony Edwards’ 1.7 steals per game. Gobert leads the team in rebounding, with 11.9 rebounds per game, and blocks, with 1.7 blocks per game.
But the crazy thing about season averages is that they can be bested in a game. And that is exactly what Rudy Gobert and D’Angelo Russell did in their latest rematch with the LA Clippers.