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Lakers Podcast: Will Brandon Ingram be ready to contribute right away?

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NBA 2K says so, but our hosts are less sure.

NBA: Summer League-Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the buzz around the NBA during recent weeks in August has centered on NBA 2K’s various ratings for players, and several more leaked on Tuesday. Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers already knew how D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance, Jr. rated, but the Tuesday leak revealed the ratings of wings Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram as well.

That reveal, combined with Ingram’s fellow rookies voting him as the most likely to have the best career got me thinking: how much will Ingram be ready to contribute right away? To discuss this, I spoke with Gary Kester of Silver Screen and Roll and Lakers Outsiders, and we gave our thoughts on how much Ingram can bring to the team this year.

Additionally, the two of us discussed Clarkson’s improvements, players we think the Lakers should or shouldn’t bring to training camp, and Ivica Zubac’s enjoyable Twitter presence.

As always, if you enjoy the show, you can find our iTunes channel here (and give us a nice rating if you’re so inclined), or you can listen to the podcast directly through Audioboom below: