For all of the (justified) discussion over how much better D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Jr. will look this season under new head coach Luke Walton, a major factor to look for during the Los Angeles Lakers training camp and preseason will still be how quickly Brandon Ingram can adjust to the pro game.
The second overall pick has flashed tantalizing talent both in college and at Las Vegas Summer League, but Ingram is still very raw and will take some time to develop.
So far, however, that development process seems to be on the right track. Walton praised Ingram’s defense on the first day of camp as “phenomal,” and on Wednesday Lakers fans finally get to see a little bit more of what the smooth-scoring 18-year old wing might be able to offer on the other end of the floor.
Courtesy of Spectrum Sportsnet host Chris McGee, here’s a glimpse of the type of floor spacing ability Ingram may be able to offer the Lakers this season:
Heating up from 3 @B_Ingram13 pic.twitter.com/ojFDtZLwv7— Chris Geeter McGee (@geeter3) September 28, 2016
Ingram on the far wing... hitting a 3 with that smooth effortless stroke pic.twitter.com/lkeuhH5meP— Chris Geeter McGee (@geeter3) September 28, 2016
Ingram might be able to contribute to the Lakers as a shooter right away, but his inside game will probably take a bit more time to translate. Once he bulks up, however, he may be able to shoot over NBA defenders in the paint with the ease in which he does over Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Coby Karl here:
.@B_Ingram13 working against Defenders coach Coby Karl in the post... music playing, good vibe here at Rob Gym pic.twitter.com/h0SZrUP59l— Chris Geeter McGee (@geeter3) September 28, 2016
Ingram will face some growing pains this season, as all rookies do, but it’s encouraging to see that he appears to be working on all the right things so far.
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