Exactly... Ingram hasn't been playing up to par with 2nd overall pick standard, but the promise is there and people trust that he will develop. Why is it that Russell is viewed differently when the same promise is there.
So many people on this forum get caught up with what believe through hear say but don't exactly take the time out to watch games. There's really no different in Russell's current offensive woes compared to Ingrams. If anything, Ingram is struggling even more on that end.
Defensively, Ingram has great length and all the things you can't teach so he does often show nice flashes on that end but there are times where he gets caught just like anyone else. Galinari, a relatively slow player, blew by him on a few possessions but people don't choose to see that. However, when someone blow by Russell, it's as if they have their scientific lab microscopes on, analyzing every micrometer of the play.
It'll all take time... so many impatient Laker fans so quick to blow a young core when they've only been together for not even a full season... My only knock on Russell is he lets his offensive success/failures dictate his overall energy. That type of style needs to go. That's how my lazy ass plays in pickup games haha.
Yeah I know. I pointed this out before but I believe the controversy of the 2015 draft was too much for some fans to be patient with Russell even calling him a bust from summer league.
Unlike the 2015 draft,the 2016 was religiously a lock between Ingram and Simmons so there weren't any opportunity cost. Never heard fans say lakers should've picked this instead of Ingram. This contributes a lot to the hate Russell gets(although some of the hate is warranted).
I've heard comments about Russell's game from people and even though I disagree with those points, the concerns were legit and fair to ask. Some posters here have nothing valid to argue against Russell and thus you see lots of reaching.
No one should judge youngsters from stats and box score unless you're new to basketball or clueless but to me Russell's potential is nice. I've advocated moving him to the 2, and I believe that's the position he'll end up playing eventually but overall he has the tools to be an all-star on this team along with Ingram.
Anyway, I'm happy with how the lakers drafted and content with Russell and Ingram moving forward.