How many years before Brandon Ingram is the best in franchise history?

Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Brandon Ingram has emerged as the team leader of the New Orleans Pelicans last season, and if he finishes his career with the team, he could go down as the franchise’s greatest player.

He’s already a fan favorite, but has a chance to be much more when it comes to franchise history.

The Hornets/Pelicans haven’t been a team that long, but they’ve already had some great players in Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, David West and Jrue Holiday, who populate most of the top spots in games played, points, rebounds and assists.

Ingram is going to climb those lists next season, and it is surprising how high he is already after having only played three years in New Orleans.

Brandon Ingram is under contract for three more seasons, and given his production and emergence as the leader of the team, I see no reason why his next contract won’t be with the Pelicans as well.

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BI seemingly likes the city, his teammates, and if they have the success we think they can have, he may decide that New Orleans is the best place to spend the rest of his career. If that happens, he’ll have a chance to go down as the greatest players in New Orleans Pelicans’ franchise history.

How many years before Brandon Ingram is the New Orleans Pelicans’ franchise leader?

When it comes to franchise greats, wins and losses are probably what matter most, and Brandon Ingram doesn’t have a high bar to clear, as the Pels haven’t had much team success in their relatively short history.

If Ingram were to make several deep runs in the playoffs, or win a title, he would immediately be considered one of the greatest players in franchise history. But he will also have to put up the individual stats in several categories.

Here is where he stands in games played, rebounds, assists and points and what he’d have to do to end his career as the franchise leader. For the purposes of this theoretical, I used the averages of Ingram’s three seasons with the Pelicans.

Games Played

Leader: David West (530)

Brandon Ingram: 178

At a pace of 60 games per season, it would take Ingram around six seasons to surpass David West for most games played in franchise history.

This is a record Ingram has a very good chance of breaking if he signs one more contract with New Orleans.