Brandon Ingram vs Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie year comparison

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Brandon Ingram
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Brandon Ingram /
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DALLAS, TX – JANUARY 22: Brandon Ingram
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Shooting Beyond the Arc

In terms of each player’s shooting ability, there seems to be a clear difference as Ingram was touted as a gifted scorer coming out of college, particularly from beyond the arc, where he converted over 40% of his attempts in his lone season at Duke.

This said, Antetokounmpo actually shot a better percentage from range in his rookie year as he knocked down just under 35% of his attempts while taking 1.5 per game.

In contrast, Ingram shot a poor 29.4% from distance, shooting only one more three-pointer per game than Giannis despite playing roughly four more minutes a game.

Additionally, while both players shot a shade under 30% on catch and shoot threes, the former Filathlitikos prodigy was more efficient on pull-up threes. Antetokounmpo hit 44% of the time in comparison to the Lakers forward’s 27.6%, which was a major reason he shot a worse percentage from three.

However, it should be noted that ever since his rookie campaign, Antetokounmpo has failed to convert over 30% from three-point territory. It is not a strength in his game, as he has never in his four seasons in the NBA surpassed the three-point attempts per game that Ingram has in his lone season despite enjoying a heavy increase in minutes.