Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries limited Ingram to 59 games last season, his second year in the league, though he started each one and averaged 33.5 minutes. Due to a boost in workload over his rookie campaign, Ingram set career highs nearly across the board, registering 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and a combined 1.5 steals/blocks per contest. He also dramatically improved his efficiency, bumping his true shooting percentage up from 47.4 to 53.6. This season, the former second overall pick will probably be asked to handle the ball less, as LeBron James joined the team over the summer. However, Ingram should still see see 30-plus minutes on a regular basis, and may benefit from LeBron’s presence by getting cleaner looks, especially from beyond the arc. Considering he tied with Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle (no longer on the team) for the most points per game (16.1), it’s feasible Ingram could take over as the team’s second option in 2018-19. That possibility gives him significant upside in Fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10.8 million contract with the Lakers in August of 2016. Lakers exercised $5.76 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Lakers exercised $7.27 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Bounces back with 17-point effort
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 15, 2018
Ingram delivered 17 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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Ingram had totaled just 22 combined points over the prior two games, but he bounced back with a better shooting effort Wednesday. The 2016 second overall pick had posted a sub-40.0 percent success rate in those contests, but he was able to hit the mark against the Trail Blazers while also turning in an 80.0 percent effort from the free-throw line. The 21-year-old's usage will tend to fluctuate given that he shares the floor with the likes of LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, but he can typically be counted on to prop up his lines with solid production across other categories when his offense sees a slight downturn.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After the 76ers took Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick in last June’s draft, it was an easy decision for the Lakers to select Ingram, a 6-foot-9 swingman who some talent evaluators actually preferred in the pre-draft process due to his superhuman length (7-foot-3 wingspan) and smooth outside shot. The rebuilding Lakers had the luxury of easing Ingram into NBA life by bringing him off the bench behind veteran Luol Deng initially, but when the team was quickly removed from playoff consideration, coach Luke Walton turned the rookie loose. While Ingram occasionally demonstrated flashes of excellence, on the whole, he was about as raw as one would expect a 19-year-old to be. Ingram averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.8 minutes per game in 79 appearances and shot poorly from the field (40.2 percent), 3-point range (29.4 percent) and charity stripe (62.1 percent). It was a far cry from the efficiency he demonstrated during his sole season at Duke, and suggests that the NBA learning curve may be steeper than expected for Ingram, in spite of his impressive physical tools. If there’s a positive takeaway, it’s that Ingram improved as the season wore on, turning in 13.2 points (on 47.5 percent shooting) after the All-Star break. With the benefit of another NBA training camp and a full offseason to add strength to his lithe frame, Ingram should build on his strong second half and hold down a 30-plus-minute role throughout 2017-18 as the Lakers’ projected starting small forward. A full-on breakout may not be in the cards for Ingram, but incremental improvements in most statistical categories can probably be expected. That may be enough for Ingram to justify his price in Fantasy drafts and auctions.
Expectations are sky high for Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, who will be tasked with leading a rebuild of one of the league’s proudest franchises. In the long term, Ingram projects as a devastating wing scorer, pairing prototypical athleticism and length with above-average ball-handling skills for a 6-foot-9 player. How ready he’ll be to contribute as a rookie, however, remains to be seen. The biggest question mark with Ingram has always been his rail-thin, 190-pound frame and how it will hold up to the rigors of the NBA. While there’s no question he’ll need to add weight as his career progresses, Ingram, at age 19, is comfortable operating on the perimeter off the dribble and crafty enough around the rim to ease any major concerns. He’ll likely struggle with shooting efficiency, as most rookies do, but should still provide adequate scoring and rebounding numbers. Ingram showed flashes of playmaking ability off the dribble during his lone season at Duke, but that area of his game still needs work, so he’s unlikely to be a strong source of assists as a rookie.
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Sees downturn in production Sunday
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 12, 2018
Ingram posted 10 points (3-8 FG, 4-6 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes in the Lakes' 107-106 win over the Hawks on Sunday.
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Hits 20-point mark in win
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 8, 2018
Ingram pitched in 20 points (8-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 35 minutes in the Lakers' 114-110 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
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Productive stat line in blowout loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 5, 2018
Ingram tallied 16 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three assists, one rebound and one block across 34 minutes in the Lakers' 121-107 loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
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Scores 24 points in return
FLos Angeles Lakers
October 29, 2018
Ingram finished with 24 points (9-18 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 25 minutes during Monday's 124-120 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Officially starting
FLos Angeles Lakers
October 29, 2018
Ingram (suspension) will start Monday against the Timberwolves.
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