1. Brandon Ingram becomes a 22-point per game scorer
The real exciting part about Brandon Ingram’s game is his potential development into one of the best scorers in the league. He has been loosely been compared to Kevin Durant because of his lanky size (he is not as skilled as Durant) and one day could legitimately be one of the best scorers in the NBA.
Ingram is going to make that leap from being a good scorer to a great scorer in his first season in New Orleans. Not only is he going to make the leap from his natural progressions, but he is also going to be the beneficiary of not having to split points with LeBron James.
Yes, Zion is his teammate and will probably do a good portion of the scoring (along with Jrue Holiday, among others), but Zion is not ball-dominant like LeBron. The best thing is the Pelicans now have a true facilitating guard in Lonzo Ball that can do the distributing part of LeBron’s game without so much shooting.
In his second season in the league, Ingram shot 39 percent from three, a number that fell to 33 percent last season. Chances are that it rebounds back up around 39 percent as he also will be a reliable slasher as well.
Ingram has the scoring presence and the playmaking ability to be the Pelicans’ leading scorer on a near-nightly basis. He had 20 games last season with 20 or more points and dropped 30 or more three times.