Last year’s No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram is headed for a breakout season with the Los Angeles Lakers and there’s video footage to prove it
The YouTube channel Laker Film Room has put together a compelling argument for why Brandon Ingram will take a major leap forward this season. I mean, what could be more convincing than video—nothing, exactly.
In the video Laker Film Room breaks down Ingram’s summer progress based off of one Summer League basketball game. But in this game, Ingram scored 26 points, showed an array of offensive skills and was the best player on the court for either team.
Since then Ingram has been hitting the gym and working on his strength with the Lakers’ training staff. With his improved technique evident in the Summer League footage and a stronger body, Ingram will not only avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, he’ll become a rising star in the NBA.
And it’s not just offense that Ingram will improve at. With his long body and his 7’3 wingspan he’ll be a tough defender for opposing players.
Ingram was the only ‘untouchable’ member of the Lakers young core last year and it was because he had the most athleticism and the highest ceiling of anyone on the team. So far he’s proved L.A. right with his dominant showing in Summer League.
He was so impressive that when he went down with cramping in his calf in his only Summer League action, Magic Johnson shut him down—for the rest of the tournament. Johnson had seen enough and knew that Ingram was too valuable to risk serious injury.
Magic expects Ingram to average double digits next season, which he’ll do easily. Now that he’s got Lonzo Ball as a teammate to facilitate, we’ll see an improved young star that doesn’t have all the weight on his shoulders. The lack of pressure will allow Ingram to play within his game and play loose, which will undoubtedly yield positive results.
The Lakers may be projected to win just 33 games but beating them won’t be a cakewalk. Ingram has the potential to be one of the game’s most versatile players like—here’s that comparison again—Kevin Durant. With Ingram on his way to new heights and other teammates following the same trajectory, L.A. might surprise some people and fair better than most think.