|No. 14 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Born||September 2, 1997|
Kinston, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Kinston |
(Kinston, North Carolina)
|NBA Draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Playing career||2016–present (4 years)|
|2016–2019||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2019–present||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Ingram had a successful high school career in North Carolina, where he won state titles each of his four years of high school and was named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball. He played one season of college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils, where he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. After the season, Ingram decided to forgo his remaining college eligibility and declared for the NBA draft. He played three seasons with the Lakers before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019 in a package for Anthony Davis.
High School Career
Ingram played for the Kinston Vikings during his time in high school. During his freshman year, Ingram would come off the bench, but his role in the team would quickly grow. In 2013, during his junior year, Ingram showed signs of improvement and led the Vikings to a state title where he scored 28 points and 16 rebounds in the deciding game. Ingram averaged 19.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per game and was named Eastern Regional Most Valuable Player (MVP).
As a senior, he averaged 24.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and led the Vikings to a 26–4 record. In his final high school basketball game, he was named MVP of the state championship game after scoring 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in a win over East Lincoln High School at the Dean E. Smith Center. Ingram was rated as a five-star recruit and was considered among the best high school prospects of the 2015 class. In April, 2015, Ingram announced that he would play for Duke University.
As the fifth seed in the ACC Tournament, Duke beat NC State in the second round but lost to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Duke was awarded a fourth seed and won their first round match-up against UNC Wilmington. After beating Yale in the second round, Duke was defeated in the Sweet 16 by Oregon despite 24 points from Ingram. In 36 games for Duke in 2015-16, Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 34.6 minutes per game, while shooting 44.2% from the field, 41.0% from three-point range and 68.2% from the free throw line. However, his spectacular play in the tournament was what earned him ACC Rookie of the Year honors and AP All-American honorable mention. On April 4, 2016, Ingram declared for the 2016 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.
Los Angeles Lakers (2016-2019)
Ingram was selected with the 2nd pick in the 2016 NBA draft. He made his debut for the Lakers in their season opener on October 26, 2016, scoring nine points off the bench in a 120–114 win over the Houston Rockets. On December 17, he had nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, finishing just an assist and point shy of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double in Los Angeles' 119–108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During the NBA All-Star Weekend, he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge along with teammate D'Angelo Russell. At the end of the season, Ingram was named to the All Rookie Second Team.
In 2017, Ingram scored a then career-high 25 points in a 132–130 win over the Phoenix Suns. On November 15, 2017, he scored 26 points to go with a career-best 11 rebounds in a 115–109 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On November 29, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 127–123 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. On December 7, he scored 21 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining, leading the Lakers to a 107–104 victory over the 76ers to end a five-game losing streak.
For the second year, he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend for Team USA. On March 30, Ingram would suffer a neck muscle contusion which caused him to miss the rest of the season.
Ingram received a four-game suspension early in the 2018–19 season for his involvement in an on-court fight against the Houston Rockets on October 20. He missed seven games in December with a sprained left ankle. On January 17, 2019, he had a career-high 11 assists in a 138–128 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. On January 29, he scored a career-high 36 points in a 121–105 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On March 9, Ingram was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a deep vein thrombosis in his arm.
New Orleans Pelicans (2019-present)
On July 6, 2019, the Lakers traded Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, the draft rights to De'Andre Hunter, two first round picks, a first-round pick swap and cash to the New Orleans Pelicans for All-Star Anthony Davis. On November 4, 2019, Ingram recorded a then career-high by scoring 40 points in a loss against the Brooklyn Nets. On January 16, 2020, he bested that career high, scoring 49 points in a 138–132 overtime win over the Utah Jazz. Ingram gave New Orleans a one-point lead with a fadeaway jumper with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation, before Rudy Gobert was fouled and sent the game to overtime with a free throw. He became an NBA All-Star in his first year as a Pelican. He was named the NBA Most Improved Player after averaging 23.8 points. 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.