With NBA training camps opening up, here’s a realistic look at what to expect from Brandon Ingram in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brandon Ingram is ready for the start of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.n Could he knock off other challengers and win the KIA Rookie of the Year Award?
From a pure talent perspective he has the tools of a star NBA scorer. Ingram has the size and length to shoot over defenses. Meld that with his fluid athleticism and consistent stroke and you get a born outside sniper.
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But it’s not just his outside shooting that earned him the second overall draft selection by the Lakers. His touch both in the mid-range and around the basket are advanced for any 19-year-old.
Ingram utilizes a series of lay-ups and floaters to bring defenses off-balance and force them to adjust to his game. It’s a pick-your-poison affair when guarding Ingram. If you sag off him for a second he can put it in from deep.
But come up on him and he has a quick first step to get around his man and pull up.
His scoring repertoire, attitude and overall maturity bode well for his goals as a rookie.
Most first-year players picked high in the draft come in and expect to compete for a starting role. Many of those same guys expect to win the job right away.
Ingram is different. He knows he has to earn his minutes from new head coach Luke Walton. That’s the kind of tireless mentality that scouts look for in prospects.
It’s clear he’s not an average rookie coming out of college looking to make some sort of mark in the pros. Ingram has clear goals and is willing to work for them.
But what are some of the things that could stop him from reaching his potential early on?
While Ingram is a talented scorer (17.3 points per game at Duke), he’s not going to get the same shots he saw in college and high school in the NBA. At least not yet.