The Los Angeles Lakers are currently loaded with young talent, but after this season’s over, who will have had the better rookie season, D’Angelo Russell or Brandon Ingram?
With back to back second overall picks and the added departure of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a prime position to create a solid foundation for the rebuilding of their fallen empire.
Playing different positions and having different backgrounds, styles of play, etc. it’s hard to find a common area to compare D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, until you ask the question, when it’s all said and done, who will have had the better rookie season?
Seeing that Russell’s rookie campaign is already water under the bridge, realistically the question at its basest becomes if Ingram be able surpass his predecessors numbers of 13.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game. Similar to Russell’s rookie season, Ingram’s Summer League performance left much to be desired, though he did show glimpses of exactly why the Lakers’ regarded him so highly before the draft.
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Under new coach, Luke Walton, the answer seems fairly obvious, but you must also consider that Ingram will be playing behind not only Russell, who has shown he’s ready to take over as leader of this team during Summer League, but also an improved Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and to a certain extent, Larry Nance Jr and the rest of the Lakers’ older core.
This may not be as tumultuous as playing behind Kobe Bryant and under Byron Scott, but here’s what we had to say on the subject at hand.