In terms of this season's greatest redemption story, perhaps nobody has made a bigger case than 4th year forward Brandon Ingram.
Now a day removed from his career-high 40-point performance on Monday night, teammate Josh Hart told the media that the infamous move from Los Angeles was the best thing to happen to Ingram's young career.
“He was put on the back burner by media,” Hart told Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “It’s so funny. Fast forward a half year later, everyone loves him. ‘Oh, most improved player, he’s this, he’s that, he’s that.’ That shit never changed. His opportunity, his role has increased. Obviously playing with a great player like LeBron, who’s ball dominant, you have to play through him. That’s Brandon’s game, but he does it the right way.
“I think this trade and this move for him here is the best thing ever for him.”
Ingram is having the best start of his tenure in the league so far, posting career-highs in almost every statistical category. He is putting up 25 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on 55% shooting.
Though the Pelicans as a team are struggling with a 1-5 record, the young star is flourishing in his new environment. But is it really sustainable?