Yeah I know. I pointed this out before but I believe the controversy of the 2015 draft was too much for some fans to be patient with Russell even calling him a bust from summer league.
Unlike the 2015 draft,the 2016 was religiously a lock between Ingram and Simmons so there weren't any opportunity cost. Never heard fans say lakers should've picked this instead of Ingram. This contributes a lot to the hate Russell gets(although some of the hate is warranted).
I've heard comments about Russell's game from people and even though I disagree with those points, the concerns were legit and fair to ask. Some posters here have nothing valid to argue against Russell and thus you see lots of reaching.
No one should judge youngsters from stats and box score unless you're new to basketball or clueless but to me Russell's potential is nice. I've advocated moving him to the 2, and I believe that's the position he'll end up playing eventually but overall he has the tools to be an all-star on this team along with Ingram.
Anyway, I'm happy with how the lakers drafted and content with Russell and Ingram moving forward.
I can only speak for myself but I believe a lot of it is the position they are playing. The PG position is so stacked in the league right now. When you are picked high at that spot you don't get to take a night off. That night off you choose can be you getting smoked for 40 plus. Athletically speaking they are vastly different as well. Russell is athletically challenged and has natural limitations. Ingram is only limited in his weight. Lastly, the players picked ahead of them created animosity as well. Everyone knows that Towns was the real prize in Russell's draft class (to this point at least). Ingram was a legitimate #2 pick. Picking Russell #2 was much more of a gamble in the eyes of many. If you factor all of this and the fiasco last year you have a player (Russell) who is a lightening rod for criticism and so far a constant reminder of what we could have had if only one pick higher. Simmons hasn't suited up yet which takes the pressure of Ingram.