2016 NBA Draft: Brandon Ingram scouting report
Brandon Ingram 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Brandon Ingram scouting report
By Kevin O'Connor
Duke freshman Brandon Ingram has versatile tools that make him an ideal fit for the modern NBA. He averaged 17.3 points per game while his role grew over the course of the season. Depending on the system he’s drafted into, he could be used in varying roles. He’s raw, but he has high defensive potential once his body develops.
Ingram’s greatest attribute is his ability to score from different levels of the floor. He can shoot off the catch, at 41 percent as a freshman at Duke, but he’s also capable of taking defenders off the bounce. If a smaller player defends him, he can pull up over the top, or if he’s defended by a big he can get all the way to the rim.
At just 18, he still needs work out some of the kinks in his game, but the potential is there for him to be a valuable piece as a stretch forward. His passing is an underrated aspect of his game though, and he can also operate as a facilitator. He’s not a playmaker like Ben Simmons, but he can run pick-and-roll and deliver accurate passes off the dribble.
Ingram is rail thin, at just 196 pounds, but with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and good athleticism he projects as a high-end defensive player. He has good instincts and good lateral quickness, so he should be able to defend multiple positions down the line.
Ingram has tons of talent, but his fundamentals need to come a long way. As a scorer, Ingram takes off from too far on layups, which leads to some wild misses near the rim. Despite having so much length, he rarely finishes with loud dunks over the defense.
He could become a multi-positional defender, but he’s slow to react off-ball and sometimes doesn’t even get into his stance. Since he’s so thin, larger players also overpower him. He’ll need to add lean muscle, especially to his lower body, or else he might get tossed around inside the paint early in his career.
Ingram is the type of player that can fit into any NBA offense, so he would be a perfect fit for the Celtics. He’s capable of spacing the floor, distributing as a passer, and he could develop into a go-to scorer.
There is ample opportunity for the Celtics to add a forward considering the roster turnover at the position.
It’s highly unlikely both the Lakers and Sixers pass on Ingram, so the Celtics won’t be in a position to draft him unless they trade up.
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