Brandon Ingram

Zion Williamson’s comeback has received so much attention this offseason that Brandon Ingram’s achievements may have been overlooked on a national scale. Maybe that’s how the forward who was once an All-Star likes it. The Los Angeles Lakers used the second overall pick in the 2016 draught to acquire Ingram.

As a 6’8″ guard with impressive skills, Ingram was compared favorably to Kevin Durant and thrust into the spotlight as the centerpiece of a franchise’s hopes for a seamless transition from the Kobe Bryant era to the next.

After obtaining LeBron James, the Lakers stopped investing in their young core and instead utilized Brandon Ingram and other assets to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers’ result was the same as winning the title right away. Although Ingram may have been forgotten by some in the aftermath of the Laker’s success, he has since shown continuous growth as a member of the Pelicans, culminating in his first All-Star nod in his first season there.

Although Ingram has never been one to puff up his chest and shout, he wasted no time in seizing the chance to rewrite the story of his professional life. Although he doesn’t make a big deal about it, Ingram has emerged as a vocal leader for the Pelicans now that he has postseason experience under his belt after three seasons.

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New Orleans Saints vice president David Griffin has stated that the team’s current success would not be possible without Ingram, who was the first player to sign a contract extension after being traded to the team. Ingram will remain in New Orleans for the next five years. Zion Williamson inked a five-year extension with the Pelicans this summer, joining C.J. McCollum and Larry Nance Jr. in doing the same.

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“Brandon Ingram got a five-year agreement without a player option,” Griffin stated a couple of years back. We stressed its significance at the time, but no one paid attention because we were losing.

Giffin claims that Ingram was the initial individual to express a desire to permanently settle in New Orleans. On Monday, September 26 (Media Day), Ingram reiterated his stance. Upon his arrival, Ingram expressed his delight at being in the room. “It’s great to be here with my teammates; we have a lot of laughs.”

It would appear that Ingram has found a permanent residence in New Orleans. A little southern metropolis like New Orleans is a stark contrast to the flash and glamour of Los Angeles for the native of Kinston, North Carolina. In New Orleans, he is able to tune out the city’s cacophony and concentrate on basketball.

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