Walker Russell Jr. is playing his fifth season in the NBA Development League, but it seems this might finally be the year for the veteran point guard out of Jacksonville State. The 6-foot point guard has had a solid last couple of days, anyway, as he was named the D-League Player of the Week on Monday after learning he's been invited to attend training camp with the Detroit Pistons.
The veteran playmaker is averaging 20.3 points and 11 assists through the first three games of the season, moving himself into sixth all-time with 969 career assists in the D-League. All-time records aren't something one ever wants to achieve in the D-League, though, so it's a good thing Russell is headed to NBA camp this weekend.
The Pistons will have 10 guaranteed contracts heading into training camp, 11 if Terrico White had his contract guaranteed during the lockout, though they are a bit point guard heavy after drafting Brandon Knight during the lottery portion of this year's draft.
Russell has also helped his teammates while racking up all of his assists as three other Mad Ants have been given training camp opportunities. Forward Darnell Lazare will be with the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Northern Arizona rookie Cameron Jones will be in camp with the Miami Heat and Ron Howard has once again earned a look from the Milwaukee Bucks.