D’Angelo Russell as Mad Max (Sadie Sink)
Max joined Stranger Things in season 2 and underwent some major character development in season 3 to set her up for a successful and engaged season 4. That is extremely similar to D’Angelo Russell, who wasn’t thought of as a top-tier player till last season.
Russell was part of a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and brought Russell to the Bay. It was one of the offseason’s premier transactions and put the entire NBA world on notice.
While they both came onto the scene and are ready to explode, there’s one more similarity: they act independently. Mad Max, as she was known for insane arcade scores, wasn’t easy to bring into the party due to both skepticism on her part and denial from Mike’s end.
That’s similar to how Russell operates. He’s widely known as an isolation-style player. Having under 16% of his 2-point field goals and under 55% of his 3-point field goals assisted on, Russell likes doing things his way.
Russell is now one of the most impactful Warriors, and Max is probably his closest comparison.