Sport Brandon Ingram is the Lakers’ real future superstar

22:26  07 december  2017
22:26  07 december  2017 Source:   SB Nation

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have a star in the making with rookie forward Brandon Ingram coming into his own as the 2016-17 NBA season There is every reason to believe he will be a cornerstone of the franchise as time moves along, and if the team has a future superstar in its midst at the moment

“ Brandon Ingram is going to be a Super Star in this league.” Corey Brewer said during summer league. That is the real sign of new strength. But it is coming. The Lakers do have a future superstar on their hands.

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With the hype surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2017 first-round picks, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, we’ve forgotten about last season’s No. 2 pick and Duke standout, Brandon Ingram. There’s reason for this, as he had an unremarkable nine-point, four-rebound rookie season.

But now’s the time to invest in Ingram stock, because his rise is already underway.

Averaging 16 points per game, Ingram is L.A.’s second-leading scorer and the team’s go-to in crunch time. His 32-point night on 21 shots against the Warriors earlier in the season showed why.

Ingram went shot-for-shot with Kevin Durant, his consensus NBA player comparison, and nearly outdueled him. In taking his team to overtime, Ingram proved he’s one of the best young wings at getting to the rim, where most of his finishes came. He was able to absorb hits in stride, and like he has for much of the season, finish strong.

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Brandon Ingram holds the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 17, 2017. (Ty Nowell/ Lakers .com). Lakers Excited By Ingram 's Growth, Future .

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His star potential is no longer a theoretical. He’s showing signs of greatness every night.

With all the talk of what’s to come in free agency for L.A., the Lakers might already have a superstar in the making.

Ingram is seeing the floor better as a ball-handler

Ingram is handling the ball now more than when he played at Duke, or when D’Angelo Russell was in town. He’s averaging 10.7 drives per game, according to NBA player tracking stats, nearly triple the 3.6 from his rookie year. His free-throw attempts have almost doubled, from 2.7 to 5.2 per game because of it.

Time with the ball has allowed him to grow into a smarter offensive player. He knows when to retreat and create space. That’s part of the reason his potential assist numbers have risen from four to six per game, according to player tracking stats. (That puts him in the same range as top-notch wings like C.J. McCollum and Bradley Beal.)

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The Lakers ’ first basket of their 96-93 overtime loss to the LA Clippers served as a solid preview of what the Lakers hope that future will heavily feature, with Lonzo Ball effortlessly tossing a lob pass to Brandon Ingram , who flushed it with authority as the building exploded in cheers.

With the addition of Ingram , the Lakers now have a budding young core who have the potential to develop into All- Stars in the future . This was pretty evident when they kept the pick and selected 19-Year-Old Brandon Ingram instead of trading it away to try and get a superstar in exchange.

But it’s also allowed him opportunities to score off the dribble. Here’s an example where he’s able to evade Ben Simmons’ and Joel Embiid’s lengths by stepping back into a mid-range shot — just like a point guard would:

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He’s scoring against the league’s top defenders

Ingram has five 20-point games this season, and three of those have come against top-10 defenses: Golden State, Houston, and Philadelphia. His first game against the Sixers, when he went off for 26 points, showed us a glimpse into his future.

The 6’9 slasher has a modern NBA frame and a guard’s mentality. That’s why it didn’t matter whether Philly sent Robert Covington, Embiid, or Simmons to defend him.

Against Covington, Ingram was able to run off screens with the ball and extend his 7’0 wingspan to the bucket.

His hang time here shows that he’s finally understanding how to use his frame to beat larger rim protectors. A year ago, this would’ve been swatted away, and Ingram would have crashed to the floor.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram talks about his change in mentality last season and gives an update on his knee. Fans and coaches alike were excited about Ingram ’s showing, believing that the Lakers may have found their future superstar .

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is struggling during the NBA preseason, but it is already time to be worried about the Duke product? He may not be the immediate superstar the fans thought the team had drafted, but his upside is still very good.

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He had no fear taking the ball in against Embiid either, who has three inches and at least 60 pounds on him:

Where his game goes from here

Ingram has come a long way in a short time, but there’s still glaring flaws in his game. Aside from his obvious need to gain weight, his three-point shooting (31 percent) is below par and he’s making less than 70 percent of his free throws.

He’ll have to perfect his stroke to get the most out of his game, particularly at the line. He’s shooting to a 68 percent success rate, up 6 percent from last year, but that’s still below where it should be.

Ingram’s already ahead of schedule though. At 20 years old, it’s already easy to see his All-Star potential. He’s becoming a must-watch every night and a player who should be the centerpiece of the Lakers’ long-term future.

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