1. Brandon Ingram is already an elite scorer
Many people expect Brandon Ingram to blossom into a perennial all-star. He has all it takes to become an all-star and has one of the highest ceilings amongst any young player in the NBA.
Not everyone expected Ingram to make an all-star leap this season. And while we still need to see a half season’s worth of work before evaluating if Ingram is on an all-star level, he did prove in the most competitive preseason game yet that he is already an elite scorer.
Ingram looked extremely comfortable on the court and had no problem scoring on any Golden State defender. He gave the Golden State defense such a headache that he caused Kevin Durant to foul out in the third quarter.
Ingram has so many similarities to Durant and some of those similarities have transitioned from paper to performance on the court. The third-year forward showed the tenacity to drive to the rim and finish and was a reliable option from behind the arc all game.
He scored when open, he scored with a hand in his face and he gained separation when needed. On top of all that, Ingram still showcased his great basketball IQ and court vision and proved he might already be one of the best passing forwards in the league.
With 26 points and five rebounds, Ingram had himself a great game and is the biggest standout from the contest.