Future Watch: Brandon Ingram Rookie Basketball Cards, Lakers – With the retirement of Kobe Bryant at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season, the rebuilding process in Los Angeles has officially begun. Looking to add a player to compliment D’Angelo Russell, their 2015 first round pick, the Lakers selected Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
A 6′-9″, 190lb, small forward out of Duke earned second-team all-conference honors in the ACC in his only year with the Blue Devils. Prior to being one-and-done at Duke, Ingram led his high school basketball team to four consecutive state titles and was named North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball.
His college state line at Duke show’s he is a true scorer with per game averages of 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He’ll need to work on increasing his free throw percentage at the NBA level. He shot just 68.2% from the charity stripe in college.
Ingram spaces the floor, can create his own shot and handles the ball well. He is just 19-years old and is still growing. He has started to put on weight, which will be crucial for his long-term health and NBA potential. Right now, the Lakers’ brass is loving what they have seen in their young duo in summer work outs. Lakers’ fans will need to be patient to give D’Angelo and Ingram the opportunity to develop physically and mentally as they learn to play together. However, fans have a LOT to look forward to in the coming years.
The NBA trading card season officially kicks-off October 12th, 2016 with the release of 2016-17 Hoops NBA Basketball from Panini America. The exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA, Panini America, also has a slate of collegiate products scheduled that will feature NBA rookies including Ingram.
The first of these NCAA themed basketball sets debuts next week with the release of 2016-17 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball. This will be the first mainstream release to include autographs of Brandon Ingram.
If you can’t wait for the release of Hoops, next week, October 5th, 2016, marks the release of the 2016-17 Panini NBA Sticker Collection of which Ingram will be included as sticker #340.
The remainder of the initial Panini America NBA trading card release schedule is currently as follows:
- 2016-17 Prizm Basketball – Wednesday, November 09, 2016
- 2016-17 Donruss Basketball – Wednesday, November 16, 2016
- 2016-17 Court Kings Basketball – Wednesday, November 23, 2016
- 2016-17 Panini Totally Certified Basketball – Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Future Watch: Brandon Ingram Rookie Basketball Cards, Lakers – Image Gallery*
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