布兰登·英格拉姆是否适合球队?

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作者:RobertMarvi
翻译:kelyer
校对:小A&FangSir

过去的几年里,布兰登·英格拉姆一直是洛杉矶湖人队里有天赋的年轻球员之一。但是,他是否适合球队?

布兰登·英格拉姆被洛杉矶湖人队以2016年NBA选秀第二顺位选中时,他被许多人拿来和凯文·杜兰特进行了比较。英格拉姆拥有7尺3的精英臂展,并且在杜克大学的一个赛季里三分命中率达到了41%。如果他努力并全身心投入篮球,这让很多人觉得他有着巨大的超级巨星潜力。

但有些看法则不同,尽管身长6尺9,但英格拉姆当时体重只有瘦弱的195磅。他们说英格拉姆将是一名不错的NBA球员,但他的真正潜力是在防守端,并且在进攻端的表现,他不会比泰肖恩·普林斯之流做的更好。

他的新秀赛季很挣扎,以40.2%的命中率和29.4%的三分命中率场均仅得到9.4分,尽管他在全明星周末之后以47.5%的命中率将这个数据提升至13.2分。与此同时,同年的状元本·西蒙斯在缺席一个赛季后的新秀赛季以54.5%的命中率场均贡献15.8分并有8个篮板和8次助攻。

上个赛季,英格拉姆取得了巨大进步,以47%的投篮命中率场均得到16.1分,并且在三分线外的命中率达到了可观的39%。他的场均助攻数也几乎翻了一番,达到了场均3.9次,同时他展示了一些可以作为一名能够为他人创造机会的推动者和第二控球手的潜力。

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本赛季英格拉姆的下一个合理的进步是成为一名全明星级别的球员。尽管湖人签下了勒布朗·詹姆斯,但并未给他配备第二位超级明星(像许多人预料的保罗·乔治那样的球员),英格拉姆有理由成为让湖人从一支优秀球队变成一支冠军争夺者的那第二号球星。

本赛季到目前为止,他还没有展现出与地位相匹配的实力。他几乎卡在了上赛季的水平,场均得到16分,命中率为47.4%。可以,但是还不够好。

因此,对于渴望球队重返NBA精英行列的湖人球迷来说,他已经成为了一个两难的选择。湖人在近9年里没有赢得过NBA总冠军,甚至自2013年以来都没有进入过季后赛,2013年季后赛首轮这支极度悲惨(这并不夸张,因为伤病,导致湖人的首发后场被迫启用三线球员)的湖人阵容被圣安东尼奥马刺横扫。

英格拉姆已经成长为了一名具备单打能力的球员,他需要持球来为自己或队友创造机会。这并没有什么不妥,在这支湖人队中,当勒布朗不在场并且在湖人没有任何办法被迫进入半场阵地战的时候,英格拉姆大部分时间都是这样做的。

历史证明,当勒布朗与可以打无球的优秀三分投手一起时,他的表现最佳。英格拉姆没有练出好的无球跑动和拉开空间的能力,他本赛季在三分线外表现得很挣扎,三分球命中率只有31.4%。

这导致人们猜测英格拉姆是否能够在未来几年内,在湖人队中找到自己的位置,因为湖人的下一步目标是争夺总冠军。在最近露天看台的一篇文章中,Eric Pincus提到英格拉姆比较需要球权,而凯尔·库兹马在无球的情况下有很好的移动,在接到传球几秒钟内也能进行传球或投篮。

此外,约什·哈特在首发阵容中取代英格拉姆,与朗佐·鲍尔,勒布朗,库兹马和贾维尔·麦基同时在场时,球队效率也更高,百回合得分几乎多得7分。这个阵容在防守上也更好,百回合可以让对手少得7.9分。

想要更多证据证明英格拉姆不是很合适吗?凯尔·库兹马最近的比赛有了很大进步,12月场均得到22.2分和3.6次助攻,命中率为48%,而在英格拉姆本月初脚踝受伤的7场比赛里,库兹马场均得到22.9分,投篮命中率为52.5%。然而,自从英格拉姆回归后,库兹马的投篮一直很挣扎,场均得分21.3分,但命中率只有43.4%。

湖人队是否应该开始让英格拉姆替补出场?这样他就可以减少与勒布朗或库兹马同时在场的时间,来获得更多的球权并得到更多的得分机会。他们应该让他留在首发阵容并给他更多出场时间吗?或者湖人最终应该交易英格拉姆来获得勒布朗一直需要的第二位超级巨星,把他作为赢得总冠军的牺牲品?

乍一看,英格拉姆在进攻端的表现风格并不适合勒布朗,并且甚至有些多余。

然而,德维恩·韦德和凯里·欧文不也是这样吗?当勒布朗第一次将他的天赋带到南海岸时,看起来他和韦德正在互相妨碍,并不知道如何相互融合。

但是在他们并肩作战的第二个赛季里,他们认识到了这一点,韦德减少支配球,然后获得NBA总冠军。
随着勒布朗·詹姆斯变老(他刚年满34岁),他最好可以与一名不仅可以场均20+得分,而且可以自己单打得分并在短时间内带领球队的外线队员一起打球,以便让勒布朗获得更多休息时间。

另外,如果英格拉姆提高了他的防守和三分球命中率,他可以让湖人队在二号位位置上获得巨大优势。最近几个赛季,由于联盟已经成为一个全面的小球联盟,所以增加了大量身高在6尺3到6尺9之间的球员。

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与以往相比,球员们更容易互换位置,因为教练们信奉“无位置篮球”,并且在防守上也有更多的换防,至少在理论上,这意味着,在任何时候,得分后卫都可能被身高达6尺4甚至6尺8的球员防守。

如果有一个像英格拉姆那样可以打双能卫,有时打小前锋位置的球员,并且至少有6尺9时,这意味着无论是谁防守他,湖人都有潜在的错位优势,特别是如果他上肢继续涨肉,并且拥有更好的身材的话。想想杜兰特似乎总是有错位的优势,并且由于他的身高和臂展,他能够无视防守者投篮,更不用说防住和盖帽了。

请记住,今年的湖人队在他们迄今为止参加的37场比赛里只有一小部分是全员健康的,这让我们在这一点上更难得出具体结论。就个人而言,在未来几个月内,当获得我们都希望湖人队得到的第二位超级明星时,我希望只交易英格拉姆。

当然,现在存在的谣言是,湖人队的目标是在不久的将来交易安东尼·戴维斯。与这样的精英球员进行交易将带来沉重的代价,但是你不能错过一个得到一名25岁并且正在努力成为除了勒布朗之外最好的球员的机会。戴维斯将能让湖人队的成为冠军争夺者,并且至少在勒布朗拒绝或离开后,可以让湖人保持竞争力。

即使英格拉姆能够并且将会在这支湖人队中找到自己的位置,如果新奥尔良告诉魔术师·约翰逊和罗伯·佩林卡,戴维斯可以用英格拉姆、朗佐·鲍尔、肯塔维厄斯·考德威尔-波普以及另外一名角色球员或者选秀权来交换。那时候英格拉姆就不得不向羽衣甘蓝和小麦草汁说再见,并且为一些家常的南方卡津烹饪做好准备了。

原文:
Los Angeles Lakers: Does Brandon Ingram fit on the team?
by Robert Marvi

Brandon Ingram has been one of the promising young prospects on the Los Angeles Lakers the past couple years. However, does he fit on the team?

When Brandon Ingram was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, he was being compared by many to Kevin Durant. Ingram had an elite wingspan of about 7′ 3″, and he shot 41 percent from three-point range in his one season at Duke. This made many feel like he had serious superstar potential if he simply applied himself and put in the work.

But some saw differently, as Ingram weighed a rail-thin 195 pounds at the time, despite standing 6-foot-9. They said Ingram would be a decent NBA player, but that his real potential was at the defensive end, and that offensively he’d be no better than someone like Tayshaun Prince.

His rookie year was a struggle, as he averaged only 9.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting and 29.4 percent from downtown, although he picked those numbers up after the All-Star break to 13.2 points a game on 47.5 percent shooting. Meanwhile, Ben Simmons, the number one pick in the same draft, averaged 15.8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists a game on 54.5 percent shooting in his rookie season after missing one year.

Last season though, Ingram made a huge jump forward to 16.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting and an impressive 39 percent from behind the arc. He also nearly doubled his assists per game to 3.9, as he showed some real potential as a facilitator and secondary ball handler who could create for others.

The next logical step for Ingram this season was to make the jump to becoming an All-Star caliber player. As the Lakers signed LeBron James but didn’t pair him up with a second superstar (like Paul George, as was expected by many), it kinda behooved Ingram to become that second star the Lakers needed to go from being a good team to maybe a championship contender.

So far this season, it hasn’t really happened. He’s pretty much stuck at the level he was at last season, putting up 16 points per game and shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Good, but not great.

Therefore, he has become a dilemma for Lakers fans who are hungry for their team to return to the NBA’s elite. They haven’t won an NBA title in nearly nine years, and haven’t even been to the playoffs since 2013, when an extremely decimated Laker squad (this is not an exaggeration, as they were forced to start third-stringers in their backcourt due to injuries) were swept by San Antonio in the first round.

Ingram has developed into mostly a one-on-one player who needs the ball in his hands to create something for himself or others. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that on this Lakers team there’s a guy named LeBron who does just that for most of the shot clock when the Lakers don’t have anything and are forced into their half-court offense.

History has shown that LeBron does best when he is surrounded by off-the-ball players who are good three-point shooters. Ingram hasn’t developed a high ability to move without the ball and get open, and he’s struggling from downtown this season, making a paltry 31.4 percent of his three point shots.

This has led people to speculate whether Ingram can even find his niche on the Lakers over the next couple years as they attempt to take the next step towards title contention. In a recent article on Bleacher Report, Eric Pincus mentioned how the ball tends to stick with Ingram, as opposed to Kyle Kuzma, who moves well without the ball, receives a pass and either passes or shoots it within a few seconds.

Furthermore, the team has been much more efficient with Josh Hart replacing Ingram in the starting lineup, to the tune of nearly 7 more points per 100 possessions when joined by Lonzo Ball, LeBron, Kuzma and JaVale Mcgee. Such a lineup is also better at defending, allowing 7.9 fewer points per 100 possessions.

Want more evidence that Ingram isn’t a great fit? Kyle Kuzma has stepped up his game lately, averaging 22.2 points and 3.6 assists per game in December on 48 percent shooting, and with Ingram out for seven games early in the month with an injured ankle, Kuzma put up 22.9 points a game and shot 52.5 percent. Since Ingram returned, however, Kuzma has struggled with his shot, scoring 21.3 points a game but shooting only 43.4 percent.

Should the Lakers start bringing Ingram off the bench so that he can handle the ball more and get more scoring opportunities by virtue of sharing the court less with LeBron or Kuzma? Should they keep him in the starting lineup and give it more time to work? Or should they ultimately trade him and use him as a sacrificial lamb to get that second superstar LeBron has always needed to win the world championship?

At first glance, Ingram’s style of play on offense doesn’t really fit with LeBron and is somewhat redundant.

However, wasn’t that also true of Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving? When LeBron first took his talents to South Beach, it seemed like he and Wade were getting in each other’s way, not really knowing how to mesh with each other.

But in their second season together, they figured it out, with Wade handling the ball less en route to an NBA championship.

As LeBron James gets older (he just turned 34), it will be good for him to play with another perimeter player who can not only score 20+ points per game, but can also get his own and carry the offense for short stretches to allow LeBron to expend himself less and age more gracefully.

Also, if Ingram improves his defense and three-point shooting, he can give the Lakers a big advantage at the two guard spot. In recent seasons there has been an increase in the number of players who stand between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-9 as it has become a full-on small-ball league. Players are more interchangeable than ever as coaches embrace “positionless basketball” and switch more on defense, meaning that a shooting guard is, at least in theory, about as likely to be guarded by a 6-foot-4 guy as a 6-foot-8 guy at any given time.

Having a guy like Ingram who plays the two guard, and at times the small forward spot at at least 6-foot-9 means the Lakers have a potential matchup advantage no matter who’s guarding him, especially if he continues to gain muscle and size in his upper body. Think about how Durant seemingly always has a matchup advantage and is able to shoot over defenders thanks to his height and length, not to mention defend well and block shots.

Keep in mind that this year’s Lakers team has been fully healthy for only a small fraction of the 37 games they’ve played so far, which makes it even harder to draw concrete conclusions at this point.
Personally, I’d only trade Ingram if it were for that second superstar we all want the Lakers to acquire in the next several months.

Of course, the stubborn rumor right now is that the Lakers are aiming to trade for Anthony Davis at some point in the near future. Trading for an elite player like that will carry a hefty price tag, and you can’t pass up an opportunity to get a 25-year-old who, other than LeBron, is in the argument for being the best player in the game. Davis would make the Lakers title contenders now, and at least keep them relevant after LeBron declines or leaves the purple and gold.

Even if Ingram can and will find his niche on this Laker team, if New Orleans tells Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka that Davis could be had for, say Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and one more role player or maybe a draft pick, Ingram would have to say goodbye to kale and wheat grass juice, and instead get ready for some down-home Southern Cajun cooking.

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