After a competitive start to the 2017-18 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers have recently floundered after losing their fifth straight game. The only bright spot for the Lakers lately has been the stellar performance of second-year forward Brandon Ingram.
The progression of Ingram is something not only fans have come to appreciate, but fellow teammates as well. According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, veteran forward Corey Brewer says the former No. 2 overall pick is well on his way to becoming an All-star in the near future:
“If he keeps developing the way he’s developing,” Lakers veteran Corey Brewer said, “he’s definitely going to be an All-Star in the next two or three years.”
As a well-traveled veteran, Brewer has spent his fair share of time sharing the court with All-Star caliber players. Despite his struggles early on, Ingram has been spectacular as of late. He is currently averaging 17.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks over the last 10 games. Furthermore, he has made it clear that he is also looking to step up as a leader on both ends of the floor for this young Lakers team.
Ingram came into the season with high expectations thanks to the Lakers front office pairing of President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka. Unfortunately, the slow start to the year for the former No. 2 overall pick essentially forced them to set a more realistic bar. However, given his recent progression, perhaps it is time start raising expectations once again.