As the second pick in the 2016 draft and a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Brandon Ingram will have to deal with a lot of high expectations. In fact, Ingram is already being compared to NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
Both came into the league with a skinny frame, long wingspan, and diverse skillset. Both were number two draft picks. The similarities are definitely there, but it may take some time for Ingram to reach his full potential.
In Durant’s rookie year, he averaged 20.3 points and won ROTY. Like Durant, Ingram has expressed his desire to win the award.
“That’s something that is on my mind. All rookies want to win rookie of the year. That’s something that drives me.” – Ingram
Realistically, Ingram’s chances are slim. He will be coming off the bench for at least the start of the season, and he is playing with many ball dominant players. As a result, his touches and minutes will be less than that of a certain rookie.
Ben Simmons is the obvious favorite to win ROTY. He is going start on an awful Sixers team and will immediately be handed the keys to the offense. Simmons stats will be inflated, whereas Ingram’s won’t.
Ingram still has a chance however. Ingram is more NBA ready than most rookies, Simmons included. He may even eventually start later in the season, or even just be a force off the bench similar to Ben Gordon is rookie year.