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.
Will miss final two games of season
FLos Angeles Lakers
Concussion
April 10, 2018
Ingram (concussion), who was already ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Rockets, will also miss Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ingram will finish the 2017-18 campaign missing the last seven contests, as well as 19 of the final 21 games, with both a concussion and a lingering groin injury. Prior to the injuries, Ingram showed some flashes and improved his numbers across the board with averages of 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from the three-point line. The Lakers already exercised Ingram's $5.76 million contract for the 2018-19 season, so he'll be back in Los Angeles and will be primed for yet another boost in production as one of the team's up-and-coming stars.
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Depth Chart Status
#1 Small Forward
#4 Point Guard, #5 Power Forward
Los Angeles Lakers Small Forward Depth Chart
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Listed as out Tuesday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Concussion
April 9, 2018
Ingram (concussion) will not play Tuesday against the Rockets, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
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Out again Sunday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Concussion
April 7, 2018
Ingram (concussion) will remain out Sunday versus Utah, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
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Remains out Friday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Concussion
April 5, 2018
Ingram (concussion) has been ruled out Friday against the Timberwolves, according to the Lakers' game notes.
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Not expected to play Friday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Concussion
April 5, 2018
Ingram (concussion) is expected to remain out for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
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Out Wednesday vs. Spurs
FLos Angeles Lakers
Concussion
April 4, 2018
Ingram (concussion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
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