The other prized possession in this year's NBA Draft is Duke freshman small forward Brandon Ingram. At one of the better basketball schools in the country, Ingram developed drastically from the beginning of the season. Averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, the six-foot-nine, 196 pound forward still has a lot of room to grow as a player. He needs to gain weight, as well as develop into his grown-man body. As a late-bloomer (Standing eight inches shorter his freshman year of high school), he is still figuring out his body, but because of his wide shoulders, it appears that he can fill out into a legitimate NBA body.
Offensively, Ingram is an elite player. He has developed a reliable jump shot, shooting 41% from three-point range on nearly 200 attempts in college. For someone his size, Ingram handles the ball well and possesses great vision because of his height. His shot and offensive ability will only improve as he develops an NBA body. However, his ability to finish around the basket and convert his free throws is something that needs to be worked on. In the half-court game, Ingram only converted 48% of his shots, and was only able to sink 68% of his shots from the charity stripe.
Defensively, Ingram surprised people, as he showed grit, toughness, and competitiveness where it was not expected. He showed great footwork and used his length to defend multiple positions. However, because Ingram was so important to this offense, he often got lazy on defense in the hopes of not being in foul trouble. This is something that he will need to work on as he transitions to the NBA. However, as the youngest collegiate player in the draft, Ingram has time to develop in a multitude of ways and could become a franchise player with the right coaching.
It is important to note that the Celtics have already interviewed with Ingram, but have not done so with Ben Simmons. With the third best odds of landing the #1 overall pick, it looks as if the Celtics know who they will be drafting if the ping pong balls fall their way.