When Brandon Ingram Lakers berth was created for him, many fans wondered if he could be the new Kobe Bryant the team badly needs. After all, he’d likened his game to George Gervin, and some say he’s a young Kevin Durant.
During his first few days with L.A. Brandon Ingram spoke of leadership, unusual for a rookie. He took over Kobe Bryant’s locker, fitting in seamlessly.
As far as the Summer League and preseason games are concerned, Brandon Ingram glaringly fails to show any of these comparisons, and he seems doomed to fail living up to expectations. NBA rumors start to swirl around.
Notwithstanding his weight concerns, or that his frame seems too frail to play in the NBA, Brandon Ingram Lakers performance leaves much to be desired. Forget those Kevin Durant comparisons, or Kobe Bryant aspirations. He can’t even take over, despite Ben Simmons’ absence. Rookies ranked much lower than him are doing way better so far.
This is the second year in a row that L.A. has nabbed the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. D’Angelo Russell struggled in his first year too. He was inconsistent throughout, although sparsely showing good signs still.
NBA rumors are starting to circulate a Brandon Ingram Lakers trade. The latest speculation is to have Devin Booker pair with D’Angelo Russell to form a formidable duo. It sends Brandon Ingram to the Phoenix Suns.
Devin Booker being moved to L.A. works for the trade machine, but that is not the question. Why would the Suns give up their only bright spot from last season? Devin Booker has shown he has superstar-level talent coming off the bench when the Suns’ starters got injured.
Devin Booker has broken records in his first year and continues to do well now. A Brandon Ingram Lakers trade doesn’t seem to make sense, although for sure, Ingram would add depth to the Suns’ SF position.
Besides, L.A. has a strong SG tandem already with Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson, to play with D’Angelo Russell.
Devin Booker, in his rookie season, reached 1,014 points, making him the fourth-youngest player to reach 1,000 career points, following only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. Would a Devin Booker and D’Angelo Russell tandem push through as speculated by NBA rumors?
A Brandon Ingram Lakers trade seems unlikely. At least, it’d be too early for the team to judge their rookie’s performance at this point, being on his learning curve.
Apart from that, Brandon Ingram has been doing well defensively. He may not be on his desired rhythm, yet his talents are undeniable. Plus, he does have a positive attitude that promotes chemistry and team spirit. This particular NBA rumor doesn’t seem viable at this point.
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