Although the Los Angeles Lakers have largely struggled throughout the NBA preseason, the biggest concern has been the shaky play of sophomore forward Brandon Ingram.The former No. 2 overall pick entered the season with high expectations from the Lakers front office, even saying he was ‘untouchable’ in trade discussions and that it would be a ‘disappointment’ if Ingram did not average at least 20 points per game in the 2017-18 NBA season.
Unfortunately, his performance thus far leaves little reason to believe the former Duke product is ready to make such a leap. As a result, the Lakers are reportedly tempering their expectations for the second-year forward, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report:
One team source acknowledged that expectations may have been set too high for Ingram—that even 14 or 15 points per game seemed optimistic in the short term.
Ingram is averaging just 8.0 points on an atrocious 26.7 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from three-point range. His play is reminiscent of his shooting numbers, as he just can’t seem to find a rhythm on offense.
However, it should be noted that Ingram is just 20 years old and still developing into his long frame. Perhaps it was unwise for the Lakers front office to set such high expectations of him in the first place. Regardless, Ingram figures to remain an integral part of the rebuild moving forward.