Brandon Ingram’s playmaking ability for Pelicans ‘vastly underrated,’ per David Griffin
David Griffin knows that prior to the suspension of the NBA suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak, the New Orleans Pelicans were making last-ditch push for the playoffs. Despite starting the season slowly, the Pels have since recovered and found themselves in the mix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Much of New Orleans’ resurgence can be attributed to the breakout campaign of budding star Brandon Ingram.
General manager David Griffin went on the Pelicans Twitter account and did some live tweeting of his own while under quarantine. In one of his tweets, Griffin suggested that Ingram’s playmaking ability is very underrated and is a key component for their team moving forward.
. @dg_riff here- Brandon Ingram's play-making ability is vastly under-rated and will be a lethal piece for us moving forward.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 21, 2020
Ingram has showcased so much growth and development in his third NBA season. Likewise, he has established himself as the primary offensive option for the Pelicans.
Ingram’s scoring output jumped from 18.3 points in 2018-19 to 24.3 points in 2019-20. His improvement as an player who can pretty much get his shots from anywhere on the floor has been a very welcome development for the Pelicans.
However, as Griffin alluded, the former no. 2 overall pick is more than just a scorer who can create shots for himself. He has also shown a knack of creating for his teammates as well. In his first season with the Pels, even with multiple capable playmakers on the team, Ingram still carried a lot of the playmaking duties for Alvin Gentry’s fast-paced system. In 56 games, the 22-year old forward averaged a career-best 4.3 assists.
Though much of the attention has now turned to no. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, Ingram still figures to be a foundation piece for New Orleans moving forward. Their playoff chances this season (assuming that it will continue) may seem bleak with 3.5 games still separating them from 8th seeded Memphis Grizzlies. But Ingram, Williamson, and the rest of the Pelicans will certainly be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.