With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
While the Lakers’ expectations have surged thanks to the arrival of LeBron James, Brandon Ingram is one of the most intriguing players on Luke Walton’s roster. The 21-year-old swingman has the length and athleticism that most teams covet, and he’s entering his third season in the league.
Having already shown improvement by leaps and bounds, LeBron’s presence should only make the game easier for Ingram. LeBron will draw double-teams and serve as a mentor to the burgeoning Ingram.
The former No. 2 overall pick from Duke has the potential to develop into a star player. His averages surged to 16.1 PPG on 47 percent shooting from the field. In addition, he shot 39 percent from three-point range, which makes him one of the most well-rounded players on the roster.
Ingram needed to create most of the scoring for himself, too. Outside of Kyle Kuzma, Ingram did not have the kind of supporting cast that he will this season. The presence of Rajon Rondo should also simplify the game for Ingram, as the court vision of LeBron and Rondo will help get Ingram the ball in his sweet spots.
Lakers fans can expect to see Ingram continue to develop his three-point shot. He should see a multitude of open looks, considering the Lakers front office stocked up on players who make a living driving to the lane and kicking to the perimeter.
Magic Johnson said during the offseason that everybody will compete for a starting spot, outside of LeBron. Ingram is probably the safest bet to start alongside LeBron, as he could be the team’s No. 2 scoring option.
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