Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 12/15/2018
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.
Out at least three games
FLos Angeles Lakers
December 8, 2018
Ingram will be re-evaluated in a week after his MRI confirmed a sprained left ankle, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
Ingram will sit out Saturday against the Grizzlies, Monday against the Heat and Thursday against the Rockets while resting and recovering. During Friday's game against the Spurs, Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart each saw at least 36 minutes in Ingram's stead.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Won't make road trip
FLos Angeles Lakers
December 6, 2018
Ingram (ankle) is out for the Lakers two-game road trip that starts Friday in San Antonio and ends Saturday in Memphis, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. He is scheduled for a precautionary MRI on Thursday evening.
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Will not return Wednesday
FLos Angeles Lakers
December 5, 2018
Ingram (ankle) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Dave McMenamin of reports.
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Questionable to return Wednesday
FLos Angeles Lakers
December 5, 2018
Ingram is questionable to return to Wednesday's game against the Spurs after suffering a sprained left ankle, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
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Pours in 19 points in win
FLos Angeles Lakers
December 1, 2018
Ingram logged 19 points (7-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-8 FT), four rebounds, four assists and a steal across 40 minutes in Friday's 114-103 win over the Mavericks.
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Posts solid 14 points in close win
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 30, 2018
Ingram recorded 14 points (6-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-5 FT), three assists, three blocked shots, a rebound and a steal across 31 minutes during Thursday's 104-96 win over the Pacers.
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