Lakers News: Increase In Effectiveness A Result Of Brandon Ingram Carrying Out Summer Work
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Ingram struggled mightily for the Los Angeles Lakers during the preseason, averaging just 10.6 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Ingram was also only shooting 25 percent on threes over five games during the exhibition slate.

The results were not indicative of widespread reports that had Ingram spending countless hours in the gym. His start to the regular season also didn’t support that, but Ingram has seemingly turned a corner in recent games.

“I hadn’t played 5-on-5 or regulation basketball. A lot of the work I put in was individual work,” he explained. “Slowly but surely I’m trying to simulate that in games now, trying to do what works.

“Whether it’s getting to the rim, being confident in the pull-up jumper, getting to the free throw line. Just trying to assert myself on the offensive and defensive end.”

Ingram’s assertiveness led to his scoring a career-high 32 points in the Lakers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors. He followed that with 20 points against the Denver Nuggets, marking the first time in Ingram’s young career he produced back-to-back games with at least 20 points.

“Just trying to find a way where you can be assertive or aggressive at different times. Basically, the best way to get the best shot for my team,” Ingram said. “Whether that’s getting to the rim and kicking it out, or getting to the rim and trying to finish.”

Ingram has been dynamite at finishing around the rim, while drawing a team-high five free-throw attempts per game. He’s also used all of those drives to find ways to set up his teammates, averaging 2.9 assists per game, which ranks third on the Lakers roster.

As Ingram continues to develop, those numbers should even continue to go up, as he’s only in his second year in the league and just barely 20 years old. As he ages and adds more parts to his game — like a consistent jump shot — it will only become easier for Ingram to take advantage of his skyscraping arms around the basket.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERS NATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Lakers vs. Thunder Pre-Game Report: Lakers Face Defending Western Conference Champs

The Lakers end their three-game road trip tonight as they face the…

Dr. Jerry Buss On Mike D’Antoni Hiring: ‘This Is Who I Want’

Before the Los Angeles Lakers decided to go with Mike D’Antoni as…

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant’s Achilles To Be Evaluated In A Few Weeks

Earlier this morning, Kobe Bryant sent out an instagram video of him…

Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Los Angeles Lakers

The 2016-2017 NBA season hasn’t been a kind one to the Los Angeles Lakers. After a blistering start that saw them at .500 at the end of November the wheels fell off and the team has won just 10 of their next 51 games….