Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram
23-Year-Old ForwardF
New Orleans Pelicans
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 5/14/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ingram had a breakout 2019-20 season -- his fourth year in the league and first campaign with the Pelicans. He set career highs essentially across the board, averaging 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.4 threes and 1.0 steals in 33.9 minutes. He drastically increased his efficiency from the free-throw line as well, shooting 85.1 percent after just 67.5 percent the year prior. The result was his first All-Star selection at just 22 years old. Ingram's leap practically won some fantasy managers their leagues, as he was outside of the top-150 the year prior on a per-game basis, jumping to a rank of 22 in eight-category leagues. Even though Ingram's stats took a slight dip after Zion Williamson debuted, the former will remain a key piece of New Orleans' rebuild going forward, and he's still young enough to continue making real strides to his game, especially as a playmaker and defender. Heading into 2020-21, it seems reasonable to expect Ingram to produce as he did in 2019-20, which will prompt many fantasy managers to confidently select him in the third round. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension with the Pelicans in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Brandon Ingram is the son of Donald and Joann Ingram. He was born in 1997 in Kinston, North Carolina and has an older brother and an older sister. His father, who played semi-pro basketball, was also a high school and collegiate basketball referee. Brandon attended and played basketball at Kinston High School. While at Kinston, Ingram became the first male basketball player to win four consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) championships (2012-2015). After one year at Duke, Ingram entered the 2016 NBA Draft. As a pro, Ingram has enjoyed helping local communities. As a Laker, he participated in the Lakers Youth Foundation Casino Night, Thanksgiving Dinner for the LAFD and the Lakers Youth Foundation Golf Tournament. Ingram has also hosted school supply giveaways back home in Kinston. Fans can follow the versatile forward on Twitter (@B_Ingram13) and Instagram (@1ngram4).

College/International Summary

Brandon Ingram spent the 2015-16 season with the Duke Blue Devils playing next to future NBA wings Grayson Allen and fellow freshman Luke Kennard. Ingram scored a combined 36 points in his first two games with Duke. After a brief slump, Ingram quickly bounced back with 24 points in a Dec. 2 win over Indiana. During his freshman season, Ingram registered seven double-doubles and averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game. Ingram used his prodigious length on defense as well and provided 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per contest. In the NCAA Tournament, Ingram's Blue Devils advanced to the Sweet 16. Ingram averaged 23.0 points and 6.3 rebounds during the three tournament games. At the end of the season, the rangy forward was named ACC Newcomer of the Year and a member of the big tournament's All-West Regional Team. Ingram's 624 total points scored ranked sixth in the ACC and were historically the third-most points for any Duke freshman. He declared for the 2016 NBA Draft after one year in Durham.

Questionable Friday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Ankle
May 13, 2021
Ingram (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against Golden State, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
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Ingram has missed the last four games, but he still has a chance to play Friday. If he does suit up, he could be looking at a heavy workload with several key New Orleans players on the sidelines.
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Ingram appeared in 62 games for the Pelicans and made his first All-Star game during the 2019-20 season. He set per-game career highs in points (23.8), rebounds (6.1), assists (4.2), made threes (2.4) and steals (1.0). He shot 46.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three and a career-high 85.1 percent from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-7 forward set new single-game career highs in points (49), rebounds (15) and threes (seven). His other single-game season highs were 11 assists, three steals and three blocks. The former Duke product had nine double-doubles, with eight coming through points and rebounds and one coming through points and assists. No stranger to filling out the stat sheet, Ingram had 11 performances with at least 30 points, eight performances with at least 10 rebounds and 14 efforts with six-plus assists. Chipping in defensively, the fourth-year pro also had 17 games with multiple steals and 10 games with multiple blocks. After the NBA returned from a multi-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pelicans were one of the 22 teams invited to resume the season within a bubble in Orlando. Appearing in six of a possible eight seeding games, Ingram averaged 19.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30.8 minutes.

2018

Ingram's third season in the league saw him take a step forward playing alongside new teammate LeBron James. He averaged a career-high 18.3 points per game and improved his field goal percentage to .497 on the season. Ingram then recorded his first double-double of the season against the Thunder on Jan. 2 by posting 17 points and 11 rebounds. He followed that up with another impressive outing against the Thunder during the next encounter, as he set a new career-high for assists in a game with 11. He notched another career-best by scoring 36 points against the 76ers on Jan. 29 while also adding five boards and five assists. Ingram scored 21 points while recording nine assists, seven boards, and two blocks on Dec. 30 versus the Kings. His season ended early on Mar. 9 when he was ruled out with deep-vein thrombosis. Despite the early conclusion, he finished with a career-high 950 points on the season. Ingram ended his season on a tear by dropping at least 20 points in each of his final seven games. This included a 32-point, six-rebound, four-assist game against Memphis on Feb. 25 and a 31-point, eight-rebound effort against Milwaukee on Mar. 1.

2017

Buoyed by an expanded role in which he played 33.5 minutes and started all 59 games in which he played, Ingram took a significant step forward for the Lakers in his sophomore season. To the surprise of no one, the more the former second-overall pick played, the more he produced. In fact, he finished with career-best marks across the board. Ingram averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. He added a 1.5 steals-plus-blocks per contest for good measure. On Oct. 25, Ingram registered his first career double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three dimes in a home win over the Wizards. For the season, Ingram recorded six double-doubles. On Nov. 29, Ingram scored a career-high 32 points, plus added three steals and two blocks, during a home loss to the Warriors. The lengthy forward posted 20 or more points on 16 different occasions, finished with double-digits in rebounds five separate times, and logged a 10-assist game in a tight win over Brooklyn on Feb. 2. While Ingram's increased production was useful, it was his improved efficiency that was most impressive. The Duke product saw his true shooting percentage rise from 47.4 as a rookie to 53.6 percent in 2017-18. That number was aided by two factors. Ingram shot nearly 10 percentage points better from downtown (39.0 percent) compared to his rookie season and shot six percentage points better (68.1 percent) from the foul line. In early March, Ingram was diagnosed with a strained left groin muscle and missed 12 straight games. He returned for two contests at the end of the month, but then suffered a concussion that forced Ingram to miss LA's last seven games.

2016

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Ingram with the second overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Duke product immediately became in integral part of LA's rotation. He appeared in 79 games for the Lakers, with 40 starts, and averaged 28.8 minutes per contest. Ingram made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 26, with nine points and three rebounds during a home win over the Rockets. He received his first NBA start on Nov. 23 and generated 16 points, three boards, one assist and two three-pointers during a loss at Golden State. On Dec. 17, Ingram flirted with a triple-double via nine points, a season-high 10 rebounds and nine assists during a loss at Cleveland. On Jan. 6, Ingram had arguably his best game during a big win at home over the Heat. The lengthy forward posted 17 points (on 6-of-9 shooting), six boards and four dimes over 28 minutes. On Feb. 26, Ingram turned in a season-high 22 points during a home loss to the Spurs. For the year, the rookie produced 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 three-pointers, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per NBA contest. Those numbers helped Ingram earn membership to the 2016-17 All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • August 23, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, De'Andre Hunter, cash, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a 2024 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Lakers traded Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; the Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Lakers; and the Wizards traded cash to the Pelicans.
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension with the Pelicans.
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The Lakers first season with LeBron James didn't go as planned. Not only was the roster poorly constructed around him, but injuries to several key players helped keep Los Angeles from making the playoffs. One of those players who missed time was Ingram, who played in only 52 games. That came on the heels of him playing 59 games in the 2017-18 season, so injuries have had an impact on his development. The good news is that when he was on the floor, he showed improvement by averaging 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. His shooting percentage has increased each season that he's been in the league, topping out at 49.7% last year. However, he's a liability with his career 66.2 percent shooting from the charity stripe, and he also provides very little in terms of defensive stats and three-pointers. Now a member of the Pelicans, expect him to start at small forward and serve as one of New Orleans' primary scoring options. With that being said, he'll need to show that he can stay healthy to take his fantasy value to the next level.
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.
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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Out Wednesday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Ankle
May 12, 2021
Ingram (ankle) remains out Wednesday against the Mavericks.
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Likely unavailable Wednesday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
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May 11, 2021
Ingram (ankle) is doubtful for Wednesday's game at Dallas.
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Out again Monday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Ankle
May 10, 2021
Ingram (ankle) will remain out for Monday's game against the Grizzlies.
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Out vs. Hornets
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Ankle
May 9, 2021
Ingram (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Hornets, Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports.
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Unlikely to play vs. Hornets
FNew Orleans Pelicans
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May 8, 2021
Ingram (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Hornets.
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