The second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft Brandon Ingram is yet to make an impact for the Los Angeles Lakers in the preseason games. Will Ingram have a more disappointing season than D’Angelo Russell?
The Los Angeles Angeles got the No. 2 overall pick for the second-straight year. With the start of post-Kobe Bryant era, the Lakers are hoping that they will be selecting a player is more NBA ready than incoming sophomore D’Angelo Russell. Russell’s first year in the NBA was a roller-coaster ride and never gained any consistency.
In the 2016 NBA draft, Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram emerged as the top contenders for the first and second spots. Though Ingram was selected second, some scouts believed that he was the best player in the draft. Upon his arrival in Los Angeles, Ingram was immediately proclaimed as the next Kevin Durant for having the same physique and the way he moves inside the court.
However, it seems like the expectation was too high for Brandon Ingram as he only managed to make a minimal impact in the previous preseason games. Ingram played 21 minutes but only averaged four points on 28.6 percent shooting from the floor and 23.1 percent from the three-point range.
The Lakers have played two preseason games against the Denver Nuggets, who had three rookies chosen below Ingram. However, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, and Jamal Murray have managed to perform well and look more polished than Ingram.
“He’s a very confident person. He’s quiet, so I’ll ask him how he’s doing, and his answer is always ‘fine,’” Walton said. “He says his shot’s feeling better. Body language or aggressiveness … doesn’t seem to be getting any less, which would be normal of a player that’s losing confidence in their shot.”
Brandon Ingram may not look impressive offensively, but he has shown some improvements on the defensive end. He is also very coachable and willing to do anything to contribute. Despite the criticisms, Ingram does not look discouraged and sees to it that he continues to learn every game.
“I think with the team I got a little better on the defensive end,” Ingram said. “It’s been my main focus coming out here and trying to guard the best player on the floor.”
As the 2016-17 NBA season draws near, Brandon Ingram does not only need to improve his physique but also his performance on both ends. He should prove that he deserved to be chosen as the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
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