For the second straight season the Lakers will have a rookie that should be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year. This time the stud from Duke looks like he’ll be a top candidate for the honors.
ESPN did their yearly forecast for various NBA awards and standings. They already did their team win projections, and now they have released their rookie of the year projections. This year they project Brandon Ingram to finish 3rd.
If we’ve learned anything from last season, it’s that we need to be sure to temper expectations. Ingram will need time to adjust to the speed and physicality of the NBA, and may struggle out of the gate. He also will not be the primary focus of the offense like Ben Simmons will in Philly, so his raw stats will likely not compare. We’re incredibly lucky as a fan base to have Ingram, Russell, Randle, Clarkson, and the others. Rookie of the year is a nice award to add to the collection, but just ask Tyreke Evans, in the big picture, it doesn’t mean much.
What can we expect from Ingram?
As stated above, Ingram will likely go through an adjustment period the first month or so of the season. On top of that, Ingram will likely be the 3rd or 4th option most times he is on the court. Looking at Ingram’s simple per game averages will likely not scream success because of these reasons, but he can still have a successful season. Ingram, like Russell last season, can have a strong finish to the season, and being in Luke’s system will only help. My early projections for Ingram are 12 points, 5 rebounds on 43% and 35%.