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Lakerholicz – Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram’s career is three NBA seasons in at the tender age of 22. While many young Lakers fans will be asking ‘Does Brandon Ingram still play for the Lakers?’, they may be sad to hear he no longer does. Brandon Ingram was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of an exchange for Anthony Davis that saw Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball also included in the deal.

Brandon Ingram contesting at the rim about to slam dunk the basketball at the McDonald’s All American games.

Brandon Ingram certainly has the ability to become an All-Star NBA player in the future, and his ability to score points has been evident over the last two seasons. While he has frustrated Lakers fans at times, it is almost always because of the immense potential that Ingram has shown since being drafted.

Brandon Ingram’s lean frame has influenced his position of choice: small forward. He has often praised Kevin Durant’s style of play, and has tried to draw inspiration for his own. His long arms and height allow Ingram to evade most defenders’ attempted blocks.

Brandon Ingram had a stop-start 2018-2019 season. Infamously in October, he was involved in a punch-up against the Houston Rockets which led to him missing four games through suspension. In December, Ingram struggled with an ankle sprain that put him out for seven weeks.  In March he was found to have Deep Vein Thrombosis in his shoulder.

Thankfully for Brandon Ingram, news came through that the surgery on his shoulder was successful. Deep Vein Thrombosis can lead to blood clots and could have caused him to retire prematurely.

Due to concerns over his health and a burning desire to bring Anthony Davis to the Staples Center, Ingram was included as part of an exchange deal with the Pelicans.

There is no doubt that Ingram can push on with the Pelicans. Their roster includes some serious young talent that has already proven it can make it in the NBA. With Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram in a team, you’re sure to pose a threat offensively.

Early career

Brandon Ingram was introduced to basketball at an early age. His father, Donald Ingram, was a semi-professional basketball player. His father would play two pivotal roles in his basketball career. The first is that his friend, Jerry Stackhouse, would help train and mentor the young Brandon Ingram. Stackhouse was a former NBA player and brought invaluable coaching and advice. The second influence was that Donald Ingram was also a high school and collegiate basketball referee in his free time. This gave Brandon an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the rules of the game.

Brandon Ingram’s older brother also helped mentor him by including him in social basketball games above his age group. This helped Ingram’s match-play intelligence as he has a slighter frame than most.

Ingram was born in Kinson, North Carolina on 2 September 1997. He would attend high school at Kinson High School, winning four consecutive state championships.

In his freshman year, he wasn’t a first team starter. While this would change over the years that followed, he still played a role in the team winning the state championship against Cuthbertson High School.

Ingram played more in his sophomore year. He averaged 12.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Kinson defeated Cuthbertson High School once again to win the state championship.

In his junior year, Ingram averaged 19.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. Once again Kinson won the state championship. In the final, Ingram scored 28 points and 16 rebounds against North Rowan. At this point, college scouts were taking note of his quality.

As a senior, Ingram continued to develop his game. He averaged 24.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Kinson defeated East Lincoln High School to win their fourth consecutive state championship. Ingram scored 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Brandon Ingram’s school performances earned himself recognition as a five-star recruit for colleges. Ultimately, he decided to enrol with Duke University, in North Carolina.

An old building with bright blue skies and faint clouds which is one of Duke University’s campuses.

Ingram would be a one-and-done basketball player, playing only one season of college basketball. In his freshman year, he averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. While Duke didn’t win the championship, Ingram still posted very impressive stats. He was one of the best freshmen that Duke have ever had, with the third highest scoring, second most three-pointers, and second most 20-point games for a Duke freshman.

For a young Brandon Ingram, the NBA draft was calling him. He enlisted for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Brandon Ingram NBA draft pick was made by the LA Lakers. To keep up to date with the latest Lakers news, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience. Ingram was the 2nd overall draft pick. Ingram made his debut on the first fixture on the Lakers schedule. He scored nine points against the Houston Rockets.

For a rookie, Brandon Ingram’s Lakers season was a great introduction to the NBA. By February, he had his first 20-point game. He averaged 9.4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. At the end of the season, Ingram was selected for the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

The 2017-2018 season would be when Ingram would become a starting player for the Lakers. At 20 years old, he had his first 30-point game. His season average would be an impressive 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 0.8 steals. After starting 59 games for the Lakers, Brandon Ingram suffered an ankle sprain that forced him out of 12 games.

The 2018-2019 season showed signs of the type of player that Ingram could be. At times he formed a formidable partnership with LeBron James. In January, Ingram provided 11 assists against Oklahoma City Thunder and scored 36 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately ill-discipline against the Houston Rockets and injury would limit Ingram’s game time.

In March 2019, Ingram struggled with pain in his shoulder. Unfortunately for Ingram and the Lakers, news arrived that the pain was Deep Vein Thrombosis. Ingram immediately went in for surgery. This ruled him out for the rest of the season.

By the end of the season, the news was that the Lakers were trying their utmost to get Anthony Davis on their roster. As the New Orleans Pelicans did not want to part with Davis, the Lakers offered three of their youthful core: Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram as part of an exchange deal.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram trade represents an exciting chapter for the New Orleans Pelicans. Brandon Ingram’s Pelicans teammates could become one of the most dangerous offences in the NBA. If the roster can keep injury free, there is no reason why the Pelicans won’t be in this year’s NBA playoffs. The Lakers will hope not to regret this trade in the future.

Outside of the New Orleans Pelicans’ arena called smoothie king center in black and white.

NBA stats

Brandon Ingram’s stats are very impressive for a 22 year old NBA basketball player. Ingram averages 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 0.6 steals per game. Having shown the ability to play a 30-point game in the NBA, there is no doubt that there is the potential for Ingram to develop into an NBA All-Star in the future.

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