Brandon Ingram is yet to prove that he’s really deserving to be selected as the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. However, the 19-year-old small forward continues to improve every game, showing that he’ll never become an NBA draft bust.
Ingram was frequently compared to Kevin Durant. Not only because of having similar physiques but also the way they played on the court. After a successful year in college, Ingram declared for the 2016 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. Unfortunately, he fails to replicate the same performance in the NBA.
In his lone season with the Duke, Brandon Ingram averaged 17.3 points on 44 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent from the three-point range. In his 30 games with the Lakers, he only averaged 7.7 points on 34.7 percent shooting from the field and 27.5 percent from the three-point range.
BRANDON INGRAM INCONSISTENT BUT NOT AN NBA DRAFT BUST
Despite losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers see some improvement with Brandon Ingram. Without D’Angelo Russell, coach Luke Walton decided to use Ingram as their starting point guard. The former Duke nearly became the youngest player to record triple-double, posting nine points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.
Walton praised Ingram, saying that he showed more confidence on the floor than he has in any other game this season.
“That’s the best I think [he’s been] and most confident he’s looked all season,” Walton told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. “When he was playing point today, he was kind of controlling and demanding the offense and getting people into position and coming off looking not just to shoot every time, but reading how the defenses were playing.”
Coach Luke Walton continues to increase Ingram’s playing time to speed up his development. His decision to use Ingram at point helps him learn the offense quickest. Despite his shooting woes, Ingram showed that he could excel in other aspects to help the team.
Brandon Ingram aims to be the 2017 Rookie of the Year. However, if he’s serious about his goal, he should consider improving his shots and be the Lakers offensive weapon.
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