Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram had an MRI on his knee that came back negative after leaving Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz at halftime. Ingram had just two points and would not return for the second half. His official diagnosis is that of “tendinitis” and he is listed as probable for Sunday night’s game on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Taken with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Duke, Ingram is the payoff for the 2015 Lakers season that ended with just 17 wins. The team would not outright win the Lottery, which was awarded to the Philadelphia 76ers, who would go on to take point forward Ben Simmons, who promptly fractured his foot before the season began and is out indefinitely.
Ingram is a 6’9″ 190-pound AP Honorable Mention All-American from his only year at school at Duke. He averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, which earned him ACC Rookie of the Year and Second-team All-ACC honors. Before arriving on campus in Durham, he was a McDonald’s All-American at Kingston HS in Kingston, North Carolina, where he won four consecutive state championships.
Despite their rebuilding roster, the Lakers did not award their highly-touted pick a spot in the starting lineup, opting for veteran Luol Deng at the small forward spot and 2014’s Lottery pick, Julius Randle, at the power forward spot. Alongside 2015’s top pick D’Angelo Russell at point guard, the Lakers’ last three three top picks are being counted upon to lead the team back to Hollywood prominence in the future; just not necessarily 2016, which explains the Lakers’ due diligence.