Heading into his second campaign in the league, there is plenty of optimism about what may lie ahead of Los Angeles Lakers second-year Brandon Ingram.
This is a notion that was only further cemented with the annual poll conducted by John Schuhmann of NBA.com that surveys all the general managers around the league that he was voted behind Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray as the second most likely to put together a breakout 2018-19 season.
Ingram is coming off a promising second campaign that saw him take some significant steps forward in his development becoming a more consistent scoring and playmaker with the ball in his hands. He finished last season averaging 16.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc with 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per contest in 59 games played. Although he had a couple of health issues with nagging injuries, when he was on the court he showed plenty of promise to be an effective scorer and factor on both ends of the floor.
He has an opportunity in front of him to take that next leap, especially playing next to LeBron James that should open up more scoring opportunities on the floor. Ingram has already shown glimpses of that in the preseason being a more aggressive scorer with James on the floor. He put that on display in the preseason opener in his brief time on the floor scoring 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting in just 27 minutes played.
Ingram could step up as the clear No.2 scoring option behind James that could lead to him becoming a more potent scorer while showcasing his versatility on the floor to play both ends at a high level. All of this puts forward a situation where he could truly make his mark on the league while helping push the Lakers back into the playoffs and much further than that.
Bob Garcia IV
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