Brandon Ingram Has Started Turning the Corner for LA

At a wiry 190 pounds, Ingram may not be as physically mature as Embiid, but he’s beginning to look like a player worthy of a No. 2 selection. Over the past three games, Ingram has reached double figures, and over the last four, he’s hit 17 of 28 shot attempts (60.7 percent).

“I’m starting to feel comfortable,” Ingram said. “I’m just seeing the game better, being more aggressive.”

On Sunday, Ingram tied his career high of 17 points in the Lakers’ 111-95 win over the Orlando Magic. He did the same Friday in his team’s 127-100 victory over the Miami Heat.

“We’re big fans of what he can do on the basketball court. Whether he’s shooting 1-of-8 or scoring 17 points, we keep leaving him out there because we know what he’s capable of,” coach Luke Walton said Sunday.

“Some of the passes he had today, for a 19-year-old rookie that’s not a point guard, to make those type of passes in traffic in the fourth quarter of a game…it speaks to his feel for the game of basketball.”

Ingram’s true position in the NBA is small forward, but he’ll be able to move up to the 4 when he gets stronger and down to the 2 as his shot improves. While he may never be a true point guard, Walton has given Ingram that responsibility with the second unit.
“I played with Magic Johnson, and I’m not saying Brandon is going to be a Magic Johnson, but Magic was 6’9″, and he was a ball-handling guard, and he brought the ball up the court,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “I’m watching Brandon bring the ball up the court, and I’m thinking this is an interesting look.”