Brandon Ingram, the Los Angeles Lakers No.2 pick of the draft last year, was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second team.
Brandon Ingram didn’t come out the gates aggressive or explosive in his rookie campaign. There were many times at the beginning of the season where he looked timid and unsure of himself on the court. But despite this, he showed flashes of all-star potential through his ability to get to the rim and finish.
Because he started out slow he was never in the running for a rookie of the year bid, but his steady progression throughout the season made him untouchable in the eyes of Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka. Not only did his improvement warrant his safety as a member of the Lakers, but it also earned him an All-Rookie Second Team selection.
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In 79 games and 40 starts, Ingram averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He was eighth among rookies in points and tenth in rebounds. In the month of March, Ingram started 11 games and boosted his averages to 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game. He also shot over 50% from the field in that time span and scored double digits in 16 of his last 17 games of the season.
Ingram’s steady improvement and emphatic slams are what make him one of the players L.A. feels is the future of the franchise. Being named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team is definitely a good start. Ingram has now followed the footsteps of Laker greats Kobe Bryant and Nick Van Exel with his selection.