Louisville, Kentucky: Charron Elliott
Ingram Showing Signs of Becoming Great
The Los Angeles Lakers (8-13) haven’t gotten off to a great start this season but while their record thus far isn’t that impressive, LA still has some good young talent that is slowly starting to figure it out. One player who has shown steady improvement from his rookie season is starting forward Brandon Ingram, who leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Last season Brandon Ingram was viewed by unfairly by many as a bust, due to the fact that his numbers didn’t match the expectations placed on a second overall pick playing in Los Angeles. Ingram averaged just 9.4 points per game, while shooting a dismal 29.4 percent from three in his first NBA season.
Standing at 6 foot 9 inches with a weight of just 190 lbs last season and only 19 years old, Ingram also seemed as if he wasn’t ready for the physicality of the NBA game. However, to Ingram’s credit he put in the work in the gym and learned how to use his size to take advantage of defender’s who may try to get physical with him.
Brandon Ingram also improved his game overall with numbers that have increased in nearly every statistical category within the NBA. He’s upped his three-point percentage to 33.3 percent and his overall field goal percentage from 40.2 percent to 46.6 percent. His rebounding has also increased slightly and so has his free throw percentage.
Stats via NBA.com
Although the Lakers lost to the Golden State Warriors, 127-123 in overtime on Wednesday night, Ingram scored a career-high 35 points against the reigning champs. He shot an efficient 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the floor and registered three steals, two blocks, and made 6-of-7 of his seven free throw attempts.
While it was a regular season game, it showed the rest of the NBA that Ingram can be a force when he is aggressive especially with the size and shooting touch he has. Current Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball may be getting the most attention this season due to the off the court tactis from his father, but on the court Brandon Ingram has shown great progression from year one to year two for LA.