Los Angeles Lakers: Andre Ingram has dream NBA debut

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Andre Ingram
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Andre Ingram /

Andre Ingram had a debut to remember with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Houston Rockets.

Earlier this season the Los Angeles Lakers helped make a dream come true with Travis Wear. The Lakers signed Wear to a 10-day contract, which he parlayed into a second 10-day deal and then a remainder of season contract. Earlier this week, the Lakers made another dream come true.

Following the completion of the South Bay Lakers season in the G League, the Lakers decided to use one of their remaining roster spots on Andre Ingram. The Lakers and Ingram agreed to a contract earlier this week.

Ingram is a 10-year G League veteran, spending the last six with the SB Lakers, formerly known as the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

The 32-year old Ingram holds the record for most 3-pointers made in G League history with 713 career makes. He is the active leader in games played and minutes played, while also ranking near the top in rebounds, points and steals.

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Throughout his career, Ingram has shown an ability to knock down jump shots. He is a career 46.1 percent shooter from the 3-point line. During the 2016-17 season, Ingram knocked down a scorching 55.1 percent from beyond the arc. In his 10 seasons, he has never shot below 40.3 percent in a season.

That is what made his signing by the Lakers more than just a kind gesture. He brings a skill to the table that the team legitimate needed. He wasted no time in showing off that jump shot, putting together a dream worthy debut with the Lakers that was fitting for a Hollywood movie.

Ingram played 29 minutes off the bench and had a great game. He scored 19 points, making 6-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from the 3-point line and 2-of-2 from the foul line. The moment never looked too big for him despite waiting a decade for this opportunity.

In addition to the hot shooting, Ingram also pulled down three rebounds, handed out one assist and added one steal and three blocks as well. It was awesome to see him out on the court getting the job done. He provided a spark as the Lakers attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, which ultimately fell short.

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It was an awesome scene at the STAPLES Center. Ingram’s wife and two daughters were there to watch his debut, which he killed it in. Despite the Lakers losing the game, it is a night that Ingram, his family and friends will never forget.