Currently playing the best basketball of his career, Brandon Ingram got a nod from a multi-time champion and Most Valuable Player.
As the season progresses, the All-Star case for Brandon Ingram just keeps getting stronger, especially as more eyes are starting to turn to the prolific start from the young player.
However, things took a fun turn yesterday for the case of Ingram, who’s currently playing like a man greatly improved from just a year ago.
Yesterday afternoon, Brooklyn Nets injured superstar Kevin Durant replied to a tweet about Ingram’s All-Star status, showing that the forward believes the Pelicans’ youngster should make his first trip to All-Star Weekend this season.
Yea he has the numbers but I feel they may hold his teams record against him. I hope
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 9, 2020
The endorsement comes from one of the most important and prolific players of this era. His assessment that fans will hold the team’s lack-of-wins against the 22-year-old forward is probably accurate.
Ingram has received 444,522 votes for his efforts so far, which gives him just the ninth-highest total in the Western Conference frontcourt pool of players.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 9, 2020
Not only is Durant one of the most popular players in the league, but he’s also a 10-time All-Star himself, in addition to being a two-time NBA Finals winner (the MVP in both), appeared six times on the All NBA First Team, and won the 2014 NBA MVP.
Over the course of his NBA career, Ingram has continued to draw comparisons to the former MVP, both he and Durant share long, lanky frames with both being incredible shot makers.
While Durant’s trajectory to the top of the league came with a little more ease, Brandon Ingram is showing similarly impressive numbers entering year four of his career.
- Kevin Durant per game averages in his fourth season (2010-2011): 78 games, 27.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 1 block, 35% three-point rate, 58.9% true shooting rate, 88% free throw rate.
- Brandon Ingram per game averages fourth season so far (2019-2020): 34 games, 25.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1 steal, 0.8 blocks, 40.2% three-point rate, 59.6% true shooting rate, 87% free throw rate
Ingram performing at a shockingly similar level to Durant should be incredible news for Pelicans fans; if they’ve picked up a Durant-ish talent in the Anthony Davis exchange, that alone is one heck of a return.
The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t offer Brandon Ingram a max extension this summer, but like Durant before him, it seems incredibly likely that he’ll ink a fully-loaded deal with the team this summer.
While the Pelicans are still on the outside looking in from the playoff picture, things are changing quickly as the team rallies around what’s been an incredible season through 34 games for Brandon Ingram.