The Lakers pair of #2 overall picks will be busy on All-Star weekend. D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram will be playing in the Rising Stars game.
Brandon Ingram and D'Angelo Russell selected to play in Rising Stars game
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) January 25, 2017
This is hardly surprising, since both have been solid this year. Ingram is the only rookie other than Joel Embiid to be ranked top ten among rookies in points, rebounds, assist, and blocks. He also has shown off his versatility by playing four different positions for the Lakers. The shooter the Lakers saw in Ingram’s lone season at Duke has been visible as well, with Ingram shooting 36.8% from three point range in January. Ingram has also shown the ability to create for himself to get to the basket. The 19 year old shoots 51.4% from five feet or less, and only 33.3% of those shots are assisted, meaning Ingram has shown a lot potential at attacking the basket himself off the dribble. Perhaps the most important stat for Ingram is that the Lakers have an offensive rating of 104.4 with Ingram playing vs 102 without.
D’Angelo Russell has faced a lot of unfair criticism this year. You can say what you want, but when he is playing, the Lakers are better. With the former Buckeye on the floor, the Lakers have an offensive and defensive rating of 106 and 110.4 respectively. Without him, those ratings become 101.9 and 110.3. So while the team is pretty much the same defensively (0.1 points better without), they are 4.1 points better on offense when he plays. But since so many put a huge emphasis on individual numbers, D’Angelo’s per 36 is 19.5-5.1-6.0 on a 39.6-34.6-76.5 shooting line. While the shooting leaves much to be desired, that could be due to his injured knee. The rest of the stats, though, are on par with twitter favorites Devin Booker and Kristaps Porzingis. The simple fact is that the Lakers are better when the flashy guard out of Ohio State plays.
The Lakers won’t have any all stars this year, but will be represented at All Star Weekend. Hopefully Nick Young will be in the 3 point contest (if he is still on the team by then). But for now, look forward to the Lakers prized picks playing in the Rising Stars game that Friday night.