Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram
22-Year-Old ForwardF
New Orleans Pelicans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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. Traded to the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Drops 18 ipoints in narrow win
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 11, 2019
Ingram totaled 18 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists and a steal across 22 minutes in Friday's 128-127 win over the Jazz.
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As the rotation begins to crystallize for the Pelicans, it appears that at least for now, Ingram will have a pivotal role in New Orleans. Last season's mainstay at the wing was E'Twaun Moore, who was a DNP in Friday's contest. Although Jrue Holiday's (quad) return will likely have an effect on his former Laker counterparts like Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, Ingram should end up in the first unit, with J.J. Redick subbing in with the second rotation of players.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Strong showing in preseason debut
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 7, 2019
Ingram produced 19 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes during the Pelicans' 133-109 preseason win over the Hawks on Monday.
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Moves past blood clot issue
FNew Orleans Pelicans
September 30, 2019
Ingram said Monday that he's fully healthy and doesn't expect to have any further blood clot issues, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.
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Full-go in workouts
FNew Orleans Pelicans
September 17, 2019
Ingram has been a full participant in the Pelicans' voluntary offseason workouts, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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'Pretty close' to resuming workouts
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Shoulder
July 17, 2019
Ingram said Tuesday that he's "pretty close" to returning to his normal offseason workouts following surgery to address a blood clot in his right arm, the Associated Press reports.
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Expected to be ready for camp
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Shoulder
June 17, 2019
Ingram (shoulder) is expected to be ready before the start of training camp in the fall, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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