2. Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram may still be leading the New Orleans Pelicans in scoring but individually, he hasn’t been as nearly as efficient in doing so as he was last season. Specifically, Ingram is shooting just 21 percent from 3-point range. Considering he’s averaging roughly five attempts per game, that’s not ideal. While it’s hard to blame Ingram for all of the Pelicans’ problems, there is some accountability that needs to take place.
As the team’s “best” player, especially considering how inconsistent Zion Williamson has been throughout the first few years of his career due to injury unavailability, Ingram is supposed to be the player that the Pelicans lean on. So far, he’s been a much less efficient offensive player. In fact, you can say that considering volume, he’s one of the worst 3-point shooters in the league so far this season.
If the Pelicans are going to flip the switch to become a much better offensive team, or perhaps even to just one that isn’t ranked in the bottom five, it has to start with Ingram. Whether he wants to embrace the position or not, he’s the leader of the team. As he goes, so do the Pelicans. Right now, Ingram isn’t firing on all cylinders. And neither are the Pelicans.