D’Angelo Russell is just the 15th player from the Brooklyn Nets franchise to be selected for the NBA All-Star Game and will play in Charlotte Sunday.
The Brooklyn Nets will break a five-year drought Sunday when D’Angelo Russell takes part in the 68th NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
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Russell, named as an injury replacement for Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, is the first Net to be selected for the NBA’s midseason classic since Joe Johnson played for the East All-Stars in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
In their 43rd NBA season since the league’s merger with the old American Basketball Association in 1876, Russell is only the 15th Net to be selected.
The 22-year-old, in his fourth NBA season, is the second-youngest Net to be tabbed, just who was 21 years, 329 days old when he played in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game at East Rutherford.
Twelve of those 15 selections, including Russell (for now), represented the franchise in just a single NBA All-Star Game, with only three players — led by Jason Kidd‘s five selections — appearing multiple times.
The Nets have had only four elected starters to the All-Star Game, with Kidd the last in 2008, and no player from the franchise has been elected as a starter more than once. The Nets had a run of nine consecutive years with All-Stars from 2001-09.
Russell’s selection is the third from the Nets since the franchise moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
Here is a history of the Brooklyn Nets franchise in the NBA All-Star Game, from newest to oldest: