2. He is an all-star reserve
This might sound absolutely crazy as most people with likely pick Zion or Jrue Holiday as the most likely players to be named all-stars from the New Orleans Pelicans this season. And while Ingram making the all-star team might seem like a stretch, I could definitely see him being the 12th man on the Western Conference team (although now it is drafted teams).
Scoring 22 points per game is already enough to get him in the discussion and his rebounding and above-average defense will help the voting as well. Plus, there are some notable names that are going to get bumped from the Western Conference side of things that populated the team last year.
Kevin Durant is now in the East and is injured, Klay Thompson is hurt, LaMarcus Aldridge is getting older and could miss the team, Karl-Anthony Towns could be the victim of irrelevancy in Minnesota. Sure, the West added Kawhi Leonard and D’Angelo Russell, but Russell might not even be an all-star in Golden State.
There is room for someone new to make the team and who are the real candidates? C.J. McCollum, Jamal Murray, Donovan Mitchell, Luka Doncic and Devin Booker are the five that present the most competition.
But if Ingram is scoring 22 points per game and the Pelicans are playing better than people thought, which they probably will, then the case and the narrative around Ingram will fuel him in the voting and get him an all-star reserve nod.