Nets G D'Angelo Russell summed up his first season in Brooklyn as "wavy" and "up and down" but believes he and the rest of the team can build upon the experience for next season.
"A lot of adversity happened that we couldn't really control, but I think we did as well as we could," he said, according to Greg Logan of Newsday. "I could always do better, but I'm learning myself as a player better and better. Going into the offseason, I can have a better feel on what I can do to better myself."
The Nets finished 28-54 and Russell struggled to stay on the floor consistently throughout the season as he endured injuries and benchings. He still enjoyed career-highs in rebounds (3.9 per game) and assists (5.2 per game), but struggled with turnovers and three-point shooting.
"I came into this situation, played a few games and got hurt, went down and came back," he said. "I had to earn my stripes all over again and start over."
The 22-year-old played in 80 games as a 19-year-old rookie with the Lakers, but appeared in 63 games in his second season and was limited to just 48 games this season.