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Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram explains his new ‘Durag B.I.’ nickname

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As part of a recent interview with The Undefeated, New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram explained why he is now known as “Durag B.I.”

There are several great nicknames around the NBA landscape. For example: “The King” is with the Lakers, “The Slim Reaper” teamed up with “Uncle Drew” in Brooklyn, “The Greek Freak” will likely repeat as MVP, and “The Klaw” is front and center in the so-called “Battle for L.A.”

For Ingram, it’s all about the durag. In fact, he’s been spotted wearing one on several occasions throughout this campaign.

“Durag B.I,” Ingram said, via The Undefeated.

“I have heard people call me ‘Durag B.I.’ a couple of times during the games and during practice,” Ingram added. “It might be my signature thing. I don’t wear my hair out too much unless it’s game time.”

Traded to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis deal, Ingram is proving to be a key piece to his new team’s rotation. In 53 appearances with the Pelicans thus far, Ingram has racked up averages of 24.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field (39.3 percent from beyond the arc), 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and a steal steal in 34.1 minutes per outing. Notably, his averages for points, rebounds and assists are all career-high marks.

Ingram explained further why he’s always wearing durags:

“It is for my hair, to keep my hair down,” Ingram told The Undefeated. “It’s something I used to do when I was little when I had braids. I liked to rock the durags. I had waves so I rocked the durag to keep my hair down.”

Durag or not, Ingram is enjoying the best season of his career. The youngster is trying get the Pelicans in the playoff picture, but Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t help matters. New Orleans is 26-35 on the season.