Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram took another step forward in his development on the court in the 2017-18 NBA season. It has set the table for him to take another encouraging progression in his development over the offseason.
There are several areas where Ingram will focus on improving in the summer that includes strengthening his body. The 20-year-old has already taken steps toward that by working out with the same trainer that helped Indiana Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo transform his body last offseason:
Ingram put together a productive second year where he averaged 16.1 points with 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. This includes scoring in double figures 50 times with 16 20-point performances and one game with 30 or more points. He had shown to be a more consistent scorer that could be relied upon a nightly basis. Meanwhile, Ingram also demonstrated that he can be an effective distributor when he was given the responsibility with point guard Lonzo Ball out of the lineup during stretches of last season.
The decision to work on his body is a necessary step to take this upcoming offseason due to his struggles to stay healthy as he missed 23 games due to injury. In fact, it has been one of the areas that he has continued to hone on to handle the physical rigors that come over the course of an entire season.
Given that this is the same trainer that helped Oladipo make a major leap this past season, it could be a step toward helping Ingram make a significant jump in his game and physical shape. There are still several more months ahead for Ingram to further work on his game and body to show even more promise in his third campaign in the league. At this point, it looks like Ingram is taking what the Lakers are looking from him improve on to heart.