2. Brandon Ingram
With Booker as a candidate to replace Anthony Davis, another option is Brandon Ingram from the New Orleans Pelicans. Ingram is having himself a solid career thus far as the 23-year-old forward is having another excellent season this year.
He was named a reserve in 2020 after increasing his scoring by 5.5 points per game in his first season in NOLA. Following up from his impressive year last season, Ingram continues to improve and has seen increases in many major metrics such as scoring, assists, 3-point shooting, field-goal percentage, and blocks.
His averages are 23.9 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 46.9-percent from the field and 39.4-percent from downtown. HIs teammate, Zion Williamson, was selected as a reserve in his sophomore year in the league.
The Pelicans have been trying to keep up in the race for the play-in tournament that will include the 7th-10th seeds for the final two playoff spots. They are currently 13-17 and are 11th in the standings.
With playoff expectations for the team, Ingram has been performing exceptionally well and in a nationally televised game against the Celtics on Sunday afternoon, he delivered. The team trailed by 20+ points in the second half, however they managed to complete the comeback in a critical matchup to remain competitive in the quest for a playoff appearance.
Ingram led all scores with 33 points while shooting 50-percent from the field and delivered a dagger 3-point shot in overtime to give the Pelicans a lead.
With Brandon Ingram’s upward trend in improvement, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he is rewarded an All-Star spot this year for Anthony Davis. He is a 6’8″ forward who fills the void in size that will be missing from Davis.
Both can score from anywhere on the court and are versatile offensively. We might just even forget about Davis’ absence if Ingram is on the court delivering buckets from anywhere on the floor.
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