As a delusional Lakers fan, I bought into the report by some scouts that he could end up having a better career than the guy picked ahead of him in the 2016 NBA draft.
The way he played in February of last season as a point forward (18.6/5.2/5.6, with only 2.4 turnovers) gave me hope. But those bad iso habits that lead to a contested mid range shot make me wonder if he’s ever going to get to the next level.
This year, that ghastly 1.11 ast/to ratio (only 2.9 assists with 2.6 turnovers per game) is partly the result of Luke’s terrible offensive system, the incorrect way they’ve tried to develop him as a player, and the struggle to find space when everyone you counted on to shoot above league average on three point shots (LeBron, Kuzma, Hart, KCP) are all terrible, while there’s no offensive threat in the post like they had last year in Lopez and Randle.
With the emergence of Zubac over the last few games, it will be interesting to see if Ingram can have those highly efficient games where he scores all his points around the rim and gets his ast/to ratio to at least 1.5.
The last thing I want to see is Ingram (1.23 pps) push for a max contract and turn into this year’s version of Wiggins (1.09 pps).