Following an encouraging rookie campaign, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has spent most of the offseason working on improving his overall game heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
One area that he has shifted much of his focus to is toward altering his shooting form to help increase his offensive efficiency on the court. During a recent interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Ingram provided some insight on the process of adjusting his shot release.
“I was shooting over my head. With my long arms, it was like a slingshot. Coming from college to the NBA, I was only about 180 pounds, so I was trying to push the ball to the rim from the 3-point line. I think I’ve gotten strong enough now where I feel comfortable shooting the ball from the 3-point line now. As I keep getting stronger, it’s going to be natural.”
Ingram is hoping that the changes to his shot can help contribute to showing some significant improvement in his play on the court. He is coming off a respectable rookie year where became just the fifth Laker in franchise history to be selected to the Second Team after averaging 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 79 games played with 40 starts at three different positions while leading all rookies with 28.9 minutes per game.
Following the All-Star Break, Ingram began to settle in offensively averaging 13.2 points in 21 games played. This includes a strong showing in the month of March where he averaged 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the field with 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while scoring in double figures in 16 out of the last 17 games of the year.
Los Angeles has high hopes for Ingram heading into his second season to quickly step into the leading scorer role. Ultimately, his continued work toward improving his offensive skill set could pay huge dividends this upcoming campaign.
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