You can break up Brandon Ingram's 2019-20 season into two distinct parts:
1) Before Zion (aka up to Jan. 22nd) — 25.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.4 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.8 bpg, 2.5 3s (47.7 FG / 85.8 FT)
2) After Zion (aka after Jan. 22nd) — 20.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.3 3s (43.4 FG / 83.5 FT)
As you can see, over his final 23 games — most of them overlapping directly with Zion Williamson — Ingram took a notable hit from the early-round status that he held for most of the season.
Through one game of the 2020-21 campaign (with the obligatory caveat that we shouldn't overreact to just one box score, even though we inevitably will), it looks like early-round Ingram may be back.
In the opener on Wednesday — a 113-99 win over the Raptors — Ingram posted 24 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists, adding three steals, a block and three treys in 37 minutes.
Was it the start of something big? We'll have more answers soon, as the Pelicans tip off at noon on Christmas Day.
In the meantime, on the latest episode of the Rotoworld Fantasy Basketball Podcast, Steve Alexander joins me to break down the season debut of Ingram, Zion and a whole host of others, including Trae Young (37 points on 12 shots), Terry Rozier (42 points and 10 3s) and Ja Morant (44 and 9). We also highlight some promising rookie debuts (James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards) and an alarming one (LaMelo Ball).
You can check out the full episode right here, or in the embedded player below: