The Los Angeles Lakers had an NBA award-winner on its roster this season; Brandon Ingram. Selected #2 overall, it was almost a foregone conclusion
that Ingram would make one of the all-rookie teams. But his play in the first half of the year halted expectations a bit. He finished the season with averages of 9.4 ppg, 4 rpg, and 2.1 apg in 28.8 mpg.
Although Ingram’s numbers are far from impressive, he did increase his scoring to about 13 ppg in March and April. He shot an ugly 40% from the field, including 29% from 3-point land. According Steve Shea from BasketballAnalyticsBook.com, Ingram is one of the worst perimeter and inside defenders in the league. On the inside, he ranked #251 in the entire league, one spot behind Jamal Crawford and seven spots behind Brandon Rush (I never thought I’d use his name in a 2017 Lakers blog).
The addition of Lonzo Ball should help Ingram improve in his second year. Lonzo Ball is a true point guard that should be able to make his teammates better at the NBA level. The Lakers are still a very young team, and will be prone to making mistakes. The honor for Brandon is a promising sign as he continues working on his shot and building up his skinny frame.
Earlier in the offseason, the Lakers described Ingram as being untouchable in trade talks. This second year will be a major keystone for the most talented wing player on the team, and will play a pivotal role in the growth of this Lakers team.