LFR:湖人如何培养布兰登·英格拉姆

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作者:Pete Zayas
译者:F4SH
校对:Shiro&FangSir

湖人尝试用布兰登·英格拉姆作为一个单打得分手,湖人录像室的朋友们将在这里谈谈为什么他们需要重新考虑一下。

我在2016年NBA选秀前制作的第一个视频(后来被屏蔽了)就是《布兰登·英格拉姆如何融入湖人》(How Brandon Ingram fit In the Lakers),长达26分钟。

他在大学时是一个场均17分的优秀得分手,但并没有到令人震惊的程度。他是杜克大学第二号得分手,仅次于大二的格雷森·艾伦。相比之下,RJ·巴雷特本赛季能做到场均24分,锡安·威廉姆森则是20分。

然而,如果仅仅依靠他的得分能力,英格拉姆是并不能被选为榜眼的。事实是,只要你看着他——不论球在哪里,只要看着他——你就会想着,“哇去,这兄弟啥能都干啊。”

他的身体条件在新秀赛季开始的时候非常欠缺,所以人们很快就意识到他确实需要点时间才能适应NBA。所以我们庆祝他的小有建树,也理解他在其中的挣扎。

在新秀赛季的前半段,他和路·威廉姆斯,乔丹·克拉克森,小拉里·南斯和塔里克·布莱克组成了优秀替补阵容。路威和乔丹·克拉克森创造了投篮,小南斯和布莱克做了球场上的脏活,布兰登·英格拉姆则提供了外线防守,尽管大部分时间他都处在进攻端。

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在新秀赛季的后半段,英格拉姆被提到了首发阵容。当时,魔术师约翰逊和罗伯·佩林卡加入湖人管理层,路威被交易,而罗尔·邓和蒂莫菲·莫兹戈夫则坐在了湖人队的板凳席上以便让年轻球员获得上场时间。湖人希望保住他们前三名的受保护的选秀权。

英格拉姆在那个赛季的最后几个月看上去好多了。他的动作更加流畅,不再是简简单单的双脚跳投,而是更有规律性的跳投得分。进入休赛期后,人们有许多理由对他的状态保持乐观。

而就是在那时,人们对他的期望开始有了变化。魔术师在2017年夏天表示,如果布兰登·英格拉姆没有达到场均20分,他们会非常失望。在之前那个赛季,他场均仅得到9.4分。

即使那不是字面上的意思,但魔术师传达的信息是清楚的:他们希望英格拉姆可以成为一个核心的得分手,并且是在短时间内。我觉得从那以后,英格拉姆便一直在努力实现它。

上个赛季,湖人使用了郎佐·鲍尔、肯塔维斯·卡尔德维尔·波普、小拉里·南斯、布鲁克·洛佩兹和英格拉姆组成的首发阵容。 英格拉姆是这个阵容中唯一一个可以自己创造投篮的人:他从前一赛季的场均9.4分,成长为唯一可以单打的球员。

当然,他还没有能力去解决一些进攻端的压力,因此进攻效率有所下降:他的高阶数据非常差劲,湖人队也是联盟中进攻最差的球队之一。

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朱利叶斯·兰德尔上赛季首发出场34次,在朗佐·鲍尔伤愈复出后,湖人队取得了8胜2负的战绩。在连胜的最后阶段,布兰登·英格拉姆的效率很高,但是他在与达拉斯的比赛中膝盖受伤,错过了几场比赛。

回归之后,他非常挣扎,因为郎佐又受伤了。在输给奥兰多22分后,卢克·沃顿决定把他移到控卫的位置,那时英格拉姆和整个湖人看起来都特别无精打采。约什·哈特代替泰勒·埃尼斯成为了首发。

在他作为控卫首发出场的第一场比赛中,布兰登·英格拉姆拿下了16分8板10助,帮助球队战胜了篮网。在接下来的7场比赛中,他的场均数据达到了20分4板6助,命中率高达到62.2%,湖人这段时间内的战绩为4胜3负。在这段时间里,很多进攻都是由兰德尔和洛佩兹完成的,尽管英格拉姆才是“控卫”。还记得吗?

郎佐从伤病中恢复,于是他的投篮任务由他、布兰登和朱利叶斯三人分担了。湖人拿到了4胜0负的战绩,英格拉姆场均数据为17分6板8助,命中率达到62.4%。之后英格拉姆在迈阿密受伤,也基本上结束了他的这个赛季。

我对于英格拉姆在那段时间的总结,就是当他被要求成为一场比赛的“球员”,而不是成为挑起球队大梁的“那个男人”时,他是如何茁壮成长的。也是在那时,他投出了最准的三分。在他的职业生涯中,这是唯一一次他的角色与他的天赋如此匹配。

科怀·伦纳德和保罗·乔治在生涯早期都是防守专家,他们在加强进攻时的首要任务就是成可靠的射手。多年来,他们的带球进攻不断加强,这也是总冠军争夺者球队的最后一块拼图。

而湖人跳过了中间的步骤,直接冲到了最后一步:把球交给英格拉姆,希望他能为自己和球队刷筐得分。这样一来,他们把英格拉姆培养到了最糟糕的方向。

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英格拉姆还没有准备好成为核心——甚至还没有发挥出他的天赋——湖人也没有把注意力集中在提高他的无球能力上。结果呢,英格拉姆在勒布朗身边打得十分挣扎,但没有勒布朗的时候,他也打不出来。

他根本不是湖人失败的原因,对他来说,第一优先培养的,应该是提升他的接球投篮能力。在那方面并没有取得足够的进展,因为他已经被按照持球得分手去培养了。

在他的每一个赛季里,比赛录像和比赛数据都说明了同一件事:当他去做其他事情而不是自己单打或者挡拆时,他才能处于最佳状态。

英格拉姆年轻,身体条件优秀,并且任何方面都没有十分显著的缺点,这会让你很容易地把你最疯狂的期待放到他身上。但是湖人需要更仔细地斟酌他到底是谁,而不是想让他成为谁。

原文:
Laker Film Room: The problem with how the Lakers have developed Brandon Ingram

The Lakers have tried to use Brandon Ingram as an isolation scorer, and Laker Film Room breaks down why they may need to reevaluate that approach.
By LakerFilmRoom

Editor’s Note: Our own Pete “Laker Film Room” Zayas did a long Twitter thread on Brandon Ingram and the way he’s being developed by the Lakers. It was really good and worth your time, and we have posted a lightly edited version below so you can read it all in one place.

One of the first videos I ever made (which has since been blocked) was “How Brandon Ingram Fits In with the Lakers” leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft. It was 26 minutes long .

He was a good scorer in college at 17 points per game, but he wasn’t an electric one. He was the second-leading scorer on Duke to Grayson Allen, who was a sophomore. By comparison, RJ Barrett is averaging 24 ppg and Zion Williamson is at 20 ppg this season.

But it wasn’t solely Ingram’s scoring ability that got him drafted second overall. It was that when you watched him — just focusing on him no matter where the ball was — you came away thinking “damn, this dude does a bit of everything.”

He was so physically underdeveloped to begin his rookie year that it was easy to recognize that it was gonna take a minute for him to get acclimated to the NBA. So we celebrated his minor successes and were understanding about his struggles.

During the first half of his rookie year, he was part of an excellent bench unit of Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Tarik Black. Lou and JC created the shots, Nance and Black did the dirty work and BI provided perimeter defense while mostly just getting out of the way on offense.

Ingram moved into the starting lineup in the second half of the year, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka came in, Lou was traded, and Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov were benched to get minutes for young guys in a year where the Lakers were hoping to keep their top-three protected pick.

Ingram looked a lot better in the last couple of months of that season. He was moving more fluidly, wasn’t just a two-foot jumper anymore and was knocking down his jumper with regularity. There was lots of reason for optimism about him going into that summer.

This is where the TYPE of guy that he was expected to be began to change. Magic mused in the summer of 2017 that they’d be disappointed if BI didn’t average 20 ppg… A season after he averaged 9.4 ppg.

Even if that wasn’t intended literally, the message was clear… Ingram was expected to become a go-to scorer, and soon. And I feel like he’s been trying to live up to that ever since.

Last season began with a starting lineup of Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Larry Nance Jr., Brook Lopez and Ingram. Brandon was the only guy in that lineup who could get his own shot. He went from 9.4 ppg the year before, to being expected to be the ONLY guy who can get his own.

OF COURSE his efficiency was weighed down by an offensive burden that he wasn’t ready to handle, his advanced metrics were terrible, and the Lakers had one of the worst offenses in the league to begin the year.

Julius Randle got into the starting lineup 34 games into the season, and the Lakers went on an 8-2 stretch after Lonzo got back from injury. BI was REALLY efficient during the front end of that streak, but he hurt his knee in Dallas & missed a couple of games.

He struggled when he came back, Lonzo got hurt again, and Luke decided to move him to PG after a 22-point loss in Orlando, where Ingram and the team as a whole looked particularly listless. Josh Hart replaced Tyler Ennis in the starting lineup.

BI put up 16/8/10 in a win vs BKN in his first game at starting PG. He went on to average 20/4/6 on 62.2 TS% over the next 7 games and the Lakers went 4-3. A lot of the offense was run through Randle and Lopez during this stretch, even though Brandon was the “PG”. Remember these?

Lonzo came back from injury, and the shot creation duties were split between him, Brandon and Julius. The Lakers went 4-0 as Ingram averaged 17/6/8 on 62.4 TS%. Then BI got hurt in Miami, essentially ending his season.

My main Ingram takeaway in that stretch was how he thrived when he was asked to be one of the playmakers, but not “The Man.” It was also when he shot his best from three. It was the only time in his career where his role was aligned with his natural talents.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were defensive specialists early in their careers, and the first priority in their offensive development was turning them into reliable shooters. Their on-ball offense grew over the course of years, and it was the last piece of the puzzle.

The Lakers have skipped the steps in between and rushed straight to the end game, where you put the ball in Ingram’s hands, hoping he gets buckets for himself and teammates. In doing that, they’ve cultivated the worst tendencies in his game.

Ingram is not ready to be an go-to guy — it doesn’t even play to his natural talents — and the Lakers haven’t focused on improving him off of the ball. The result is a guy who struggles to play off of LeBron, but doesn’t thrive without him either.

He’s not a lost cause at all, but priority No. 1 should be the development of his catch-and-shoot abilities. There hasn’t been enough progress in that area because he’s been groomed as an on-ball scorer instead.

Both the tape and Ingram’s Play Type data have told the same story in each of his three seasons: He’s at his best when he’s asked to something other than run ISOs or operate as the pick-and-roll ball-handler.

Ingram’s youth + body type + not being clearly incapable in any area makes it easy to project your wildest fantasies onto him as a player, but the Lakers need to take a closer look at who he actually is instead of who they want him to be.

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