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Alvin Gentry would be ‘disappointed’ if Brandon Ingram doesn’t make All-Star Game

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New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry admits he would be pretty “disappointed” if small forward Brandon Ingram doesn’t make the All-Star game this season.

The Pelicans are playing some of their best basketball of the season lately and Ingram has been nothing short of stellar for New Orleans:

“He’s worked extremely hard to improve his 3-point shooting,” Gentry said, via ESPN. “He’s done it with his free throw shooting. He’s in there every day putting in the work. To me, I’m sure I’m a little bit biased, but I’d be really disappointed if he didn’t make the All-Star team.”

In 39 games this season for the Pelicans, Ingram is averaging 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He’s shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Ingram figures to get paid a lot of money next summer when he enters restricted free agency. As a restricted free agent, Ingram can sign an offer sheet with any team and then the Pelicans would have 48 hours to match the deal or let the talented swingman walk for nothing. Ingram is making $7.3 million this season. His qualifying offer is worth $9.5 million. Expect New Orleans to quickly sign him to a lucrative new deal.

Pelicans fans are hoping Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson can be the team’s dynamic duo for the next decade or so. Both players have a lot of upside, but they have to stay healthy for the Pelicans to be a consistent playoff team in the Western Conference.