The Los Angeles Lakers continue to fluctuate throughout the 2017-18 NBA season. Fortunately, fans have at least been treated to watching the progression of second-year forward Brandon Ingram.
Ingram has stepped up big for the Lakers as of late, showing flashes of the potential All-Star the Lakers drafted him to be. However, he is still looking to step up as the team’s leader, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints:
“Just being more of a leader, leading this team on our defensive and offensive end, and of course penetration.”
Over the last 10 games, the former second overall pick is averaging 17.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks. However, there is more to being a leader than just putting up solid numbers on a consistent basis. Often times, they are the loudest guys on the court or someone who does things the right way behind the scenes.
That said, not all leaders are created the same. Players like future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan managed to lead despite not being the most vocal guy out there. It seems Ingram will need to find some sort of balance if he intends on filling the leadership role. With the Lakers being such an inexperienced team, it has fallen on the younger guys to step up and fill the void.