Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram is the forgotten one of the young core

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Brandon Ingram is entering the third season of his young career and is primed for big things with LeBron James also on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram seems to be the forgotten man these days.

Ingram is the least talked about of the young core. Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo ball get more of the spotlight probably because they have a bigger presence on social media.

Don’t get me wrong, Kuzma is an up and coming star and Ball is also solid. Ingram takes up a more laid-back persona that forces him out of the spotlight but the kid has skills.

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Ingram made improvements in every category of his game last season in comparison to his rookie campaign. The 2018-19 season will be different from previous seasons with the addition of LeBron James, who signed as a free agent this summer.

The former second overall pick played a feature role last year and will now be asked to play more of a secondary role to LeBron James, a role he will have to get used to this season.

Ingram is 6’9′ with long arms, can shoot turnarounds and handle the ball in pick and rolls situation. He often ran the offense as a point guard last year in the fourth quarters of close games. Ingram looked stronger and showed the ability to take contact and finish around the basket more than he did in his rookie season.

Ingram will need to be more accustomed to not having the ball in his hands much this year with LeBron on the team. LeBron will have the ball in his hands, which means Ingram will have to be effective without the ball. That means working on his spot-up shooting and moving without the ball.

In his second year, Ingram averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game on 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from three, all significant improvements from his rookie year.

I think Brandon Ingram has the potential to be one of the best two-way players in the league. His size, length and athleticism could make him one of the top defenders in the league if he puts in the effort.

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The same attributes make him almost impossible to guard. With his length, it will be difficult to block his shot. I think Lebron will take Ingram under his wing and if Ingram learns from Lebron — look out NBA.