Will the Los Angeles Lakers Choose Brandon Ingram With 2nd Pick
Former Duke forward Brandon Ingram worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers this week. The Lakers have the 2nd choice in the upcoming NBA draft and Ingram is one of the consensus top 2 picks, along with LSU’s Ben Simmons.
The workout was private, but Ingram was available to reporters afterwards. He said, “It went great. It’s something I’ve been working toward for a long time now so I just worked out and tried to do some of the things that I’ve been doing in my regular workouts here.”
The primary concern NBA teams have regarding Ingram is his weight, or lack thereof. He’s 6’9” and arrived at Duke last year weighing less than 170 pounds. If the past year is any indication, Ingram has the ability to bulk up as he now weighs 195.
The process which he implemented to achieve this was by no means complex — as Ingram explained, “Just eat anything I can. At my weight, I think I can eat anything. I don’t have a certain diet for myself. I just eat anything I can and stay in the weight room as much as possible.”
Comparisons Being Made
Other players with such thin frames have come into the NBA and had Hall of Fame caliber careers without ever bulking up significantly. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett are two examples that immediately come to mind.
“I hear it a lot. Of course he’s way ahead of me right now but of course that’s where I want to be. I want to be somewhere I can make my own name.”
Ingram does share the shooting stroke and versatility of Durant, as he shot 41% from 3, while having the capability to play shooting guard, small forward, and power forward.
Of his versatility, Ingram said:
“Being versatile is a part of this game nowadays. I think with my body type and how tall I am and with the size I’m developing it’s going to be important for me to play in different positions on the floor.”
Ingram’s scoring, shooting, size, and versatility have placed him at or near the top of NBA draft boards. Defensively, he may be able to compensate for his lack of elite athleticism by disrupting shots and passes with his 7’3” wingspan. At just 18, he’s also the youngest college player available in this year’s draft.
The Philadelphia 76ers have the first pick and Ingram intends to hold a work out for them as well. He’ll find out which team he’s going to on June 23rd.
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