The Los Angeles Lakers have selected Brandon Ingram with their second overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Luke Walton feels Ingram’s defensive awareness is comparable to that of Draymond Green’s.
Brandon Ingram is renowned for his size and scoring ability. As a freshman at Duke, he averaged 17.3 points per game. 6-foot-9 wing player shot 41 percent from behind the arc.
But Lakers‘ coach Luke Walton reads Ingram from a different angle. The Duke product’s ability to read the game as a defensive player has impressed Walton.
“We had a kid up in Golden State, Draymond, we didn’t coach him how to be such a phenomenal team defender,” Walton said on Thursday night, shortly after the franchise selected Ingram. “He just was because he sees the game like that. It means that the player is pretty intelligent. And I think Brandon fits that mold.”
The 18-year-old’s natural knack of rotating and switching is also comparable to Green, feels Walton.
Lakers also picked Ivica Zubac out of Croatia as their second round(32nd) pick, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Ingram is pleased to hear his coach’s opinion about his game.
“It feels great,” Ingram said. “I just know going to this organization, I’ll have to work extra hard to be with those guys, and just come up and be the best we can be.”
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak also sounded excited about Ingram.
“We’re ecstatic to have him,” Lakers general manager said. “There is no ceiling on him. To date, he’s had a pretty good career in a pretty good conference for a one-year player.”
Ingram’s frame is remarkably skinny, but still, the Lakers hope that he is capable of shouldering the responsibility of the side’s cornerstone, as reports the Fox Sports.
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