The New Orleans Pelicans rolled through the scrimmages behind strong team efforts.
The New Orleans Pelicans have to be happy about the way they played in the three scrimmage wins leading up to Thursday’s real games.
Yes, they are just scrimmages and you can’t read into them too much, but you still want to win them, so the Pels are happy to go into the restart undefeated.
The Pelicans showed themselves to be talented and deep, but there were three players who stood out in the scrimmages for various reasons.
One guy reminded us just how good he can be, one showed his value and another made a case for the rotation.
Ingram is the most talented offensive player on the Pelicans and he showed it in the two scrimmage games in which he played.
Ingram flashed his trademark mid-range game, which looks close to unstoppable when he gets things going.
He also showed his range, effortlessly pulling up for some long-distance 3-pointers that had him looking like a 22-year-old Kevin Durant.
Most importantly, Ingram showed he can get his own shot, something that will be important when the games slow down in the half court.
He got his own shot when it was there, but also set up teammates, including last night when he penetrated hard on the baseline and then kicked it out to Frank Jackson for an open three when the defense collapsed.
Ingram has looked locked in from the get-go and not like a guy who was sitting on his sofa for four months during lockdown. Ingram is the NBA’s most improved player and is the guy the Pelicans will need to carry them offensively when they aren’t able to get out and run.
Ingram made his first All-Star team this year but it won’t be his last and he looks ready to go.