Russell has a brighter future
There are many differences in the style of play between the two, but aside from that, it’s just easy to see that D’Angelo Russell has a brighter future.
The 23-year-old just reached his first All-Star appearance last season and continues to trend upward, improving year-over-year in just about all four of his professional seasons. This past season Russell averaged 21.1 points per game, the most of his career.
It wasn’t just that he thrived as a scorer, but Russell is also a creator, averaging seven assists per game. The team’s No. 2 threat offensively, Russell’s numbers should be held steady this season.
Furthermore, Russell has yet to fully develop his game being in the league just four seasons.
Drummond, on the other hand, may have peaked his value unless the big man that struggles to shoot free throws somehow manages to add a three-point shot to his arsenal. Drummond’s likely peaked while Russell’s still figuring out how to best penetrate defenses and attack in isolation.
Russell has a few more years till he’ll truly be at his peak.