Where Brandon Ingram is in Relation to Other Wings

Us Laker fan are high on Brandon Ingram and many believe he can and will become a top 10 player. But how does he statistically compare to other young wing players at this point? Let's see.

Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons

Ingram, Tatum, Simmons, Brown

He's a better outside shooter than Simmons but not as good as Tatum or Brown. His rebounding is on par with everyone outside Simmons. His passing is better than Brown and Tatum but pales in comparison to Simmons. He's the best in the group at getting to the FT line and his FT% is surprisingly the second best. And his BLK% is on par with Tatum and Simmons. There's a lot to like about his game. That being said, his 2P%, eFG%, TS%, ORtg, and DRtg are the worst of the group.

Looking at RPM, real plus-minus, in combination with the other stats:

Simmons RPM: 2.89 (1.44 ORPM, 1.45 DRPM)

Tatum RPM: 2.92 (0.95 ORPM, 1.97 DRPM)

Brown RPM: 1.39 (0.48 ORPM, 0.91 DRPM)

Ingram RPM: -1.59 (-1.31 ORPM, -0.28 DRPM)

It seems to indicate that Ingram is close to Jaylen Brown in terms of ability (with the difference being that Brown is on a playoff team while Ingram was on a lottery-caliber team) and behind Tatum and Simmons at this point.

Brandon Ingram, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George

Ingram, Kawhi, Giannis, George

Ingram has advantages in points and assists and that's where his advantages ended. Kawhi, Giannis, and PG were more efficient scoring wise, better rebounders, better defenders, and had better net ratings. George and Leonard were better outside shooters and Giannis was a better finisher. While Ingram was good at getting to the line, his FT% was the worst of the group.

Since ESPN's RPM only goes back to 2013-14, I'll only compare Ingram's RPM to Giannis.

Giannis RPM: 0.87 (-0.63 ORPM, 1.50 DRPM)

Ingram RPM: -1.59 (-1.31 ORPM, -0.28 DRPM)

It seems as though Ingram was well behind Kawhi and PG and close to Giannis in terms of offensive ability, with the difference being that Giannis was a better athlete and had a higher motor on defense and the glass.

Generally the second and third years are where a player shows flashes of what type of player they'll be in the future. Since Tatum and Simmons are rookies, they'll be excluded from this part even though they've already shown their flashes. In fairness to Ingram, playoff stats will be excluded.

40 minute games:

Ingram, Giannis, George: 5

Kawhi: 4

Brown: 0

20 point games:

Ingram, Brown: 15

Giannis, George: 7

Kawhi: 5

30 point games:

Ingram, Brown, George: 1

Giannis, Kawhi: 0

10 rebound games:

Giannis: 10

Kawhi: 8

Ingram: 5

George: 4

Brown: 3

15 rebound games:

Giannis: 1

George: 1

Brown, Ingram, Kawhi: 0

10 assist games:

Ingram: 1

Brown, George, Giannis, Kawhi: 0

5 steal games:

Kawhi: 3

George: 2

Giannis: 1

Brown, Ingram: 0


Giannis: 10

Ingram, Kawhi: 6

Brown, George: 2

This indicates that Ingram has upside as a scorer and passer although he's a bit lacking on the defensive end.

What does all of this mean?

It means Ingram has the chance to become at the very least a top 20/top 25 player, which is close to an All-Star level. There are certain things (defense, athleticism, outside shooting) holding him back from becoming a top 15 player (All-NBA level) and top 10 player (Superstar). His passing and slashing give him upside, but he has to improve his outside shooting to present himself as a greater scoring threat and his defense will have to improve in order for him to be half as good as Kawhi and Giannis.