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Lakers news: Brandon Ingram is fine with NBA 2K18 rating, ‘could’ve expected it even lower’

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Earlier this offseason, Los Angeles Lakers second-year forward Brandon Ingram unveiled his overall rating for the upcoming NBA 2K18 video game that was 76.

During an interview with Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum Sportsnet, Ingram had a surprising take on his rating stating that it could have been lower given how his rookie campaign played out. (h/t Lakers Nation)

“I can’t control it, I know it’s just a game. Of course with the season I had this year I could’ve expected it even lower. I know what I’m capable of and a lot of guys, especially my fans, know what I’m capable of and that’s why they were mad at it, but it’s kind of based off how the season went this year.”

In his first season, Ingram struggled early on in the year to adjust but as he had more NBA game experience under his belt, the better he played. He finished his rookie campaign averaging 9.4 points on just 40.2 percent shooting from the field and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc with 4.0 rebounds.

However, what must be taken into consideration is that he played much better in the second half of the season averaging 13.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting from the field. This includes a highly efficient month of March where he averaged 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the field in 11 games played while finishing in double-figure scoring in all but one game over that span.

Similar along those lines in regards to NBA 2K18, Brandon Ingram was pictured in a tweet, displaying Atlanta Hawks rookie big man John Collins’ overall rating, being dunked on. This threw his new teammate Lonzo Ball into full defense mode for the 20-year-old to which he voiced his appreciation for the former UCLA product’s support.

“I saw that. That’s my guy. He definitely did and it’s all fun and games for us.”

Regardless of it being just a video game, Ingram could find some extra source of motivation to showcase that he’s much better than the 76 overall rating placed on him heading into his second season.