Brandon Ingram knows that his current performance is still far from what is expected from a second overall pick. The 19-year-old rookie continues to improve his skills in order to help the Los Angeles Lakers revive their legacy. Recently, Ingram decides to address his shooting woes with the help of the coaching staffs.
The Lakers are currently one of the worst teams in the league. After a surprising 10-10 start, they faced different issues that led them to where they are now. At some point, no one sees a team mostly consists of young players immediately turning into a title contender.
Even coach Luke Walton admitted that none of his young players could replace Kobe Bryant “anytime soon”. Brandon Ingram, the 2016 second overall pick, is yet to live up to expectations. He went through ups and downs in his first year in the NBA but shows some improvement.
Ingram’s poor shooting performance proved to be a major concern for the Lakers. In 46 games, he averaged 8.2 points on 37.3 percent shooting from the field and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. Ingram already noticed the problem and he’s trying to address it.
Brandon Ingram addressing his shooting woes
According to Mark Medina of O.C. Register, Brandon Ingram added extra shooting sessions before practice and before games with assistant coach Brian Keefe. Aside from this, he also makes a late-night visit to the Lakers’ facility to work on his own. Ingram admits that what he’s doing isn’t only for this season but for his future in the league.
In the last 10 games, Ingram shows some improvement in his shooting, averaging 11.1 points on 47 percent shooting. Walton usually used Ingram off the bench. But with Luol Deng injured, there is a higher possibility that he could start against the Indiana Pacers.
“It’s been an adjustment with just floating around a little bit and being more aggressive,” Ingram said. “Coach has put me in the right position and I’m trying to thrive through it.”
The Lakers are currently on a five-game losing streak in which they target to end in their next game. They will face the Pacers on Friday night at Staples Center.
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