If you could take an NBA fan from the 1970s and pluck them into 2022, they would hardly know what they were watching. The game has changed fundamentally – and radically.

There are almost too many major differences to count. In those times, there was no three-point shot. By 2022, almost half the shots taken in the NBA come from behind the arc.

Positions have changed too. Much is made of how positional roles have changed for big men, but the point guard’s role has altered just as significantly.

In those days, point guards were largely game managers. They were responsible for getting the ball up the floor, making an initial pass, and directing the offense.

In today’s game, they’re often primary scorers. With that in mind, being able to space the floor can make them more viable options.

D’Angelo Russell can do that to an extent. Russell Westbrook is not a credible shooter. The Lakers could use one at the position. Here’s a deal that has them landing Russell.

 

Utah Jazz Receive: G Russell Westbrook, 2027 First-Round Pick (LAL)

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: G Mike Conley, F Bojan Bogdanovic

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G D’Angelo Russell