Since being selected with the second overall pick in this year’s draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, there has been plenty of expectations thrust upon rookie forward Brandon Ingram. He was seen as one of the promising talents from the 2016 draft class that has been compared to Kevin Durant because of his scoring prowess and similar body frame. It now appears that the Lakers have subtlely set the bar high for by giving him Kobe Bryant’s old locker.
“It’s a message,” Ingram told ESPN, “that they’re looking for somebody to step it up.”
Ingram has exactly set the world on fire in the first two preseason games, but there is obvious talent there with him. Offensively, he has been able to get to his spots on the floor but has allowed for his nerves to get to him by rushing his shot. That said, he has looked impressive defensively making a few stellar plays on his individual defense with a couple of blocks and steals using his length and athletic ability.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been patient with the 19-year-old and understands there will be a learning curve for him. In fact, Ingram is coming off the bench in the preseason and will start the season from that spot unless he shows significant progress in the next six exhibition games. All in all, the franchise is extremely hopeful that he can fulfill his huge potential.