Well here’s the thing
Ingram can be mistake draft pick and the offense can suck
Kuzma averaged 22ppg in December and was pretty damn consistent. And still kuzma shows flashes constantly despite the offense and I keep seeing justifications for this when in reality kuzma is probably just the more talented player with higher potential. I really think it’s that simple
It’s as I’ve said many times. A legitimately talented player does not need a system to be effective. A great system can accentuate their already present gifts but a system will not make a mediocre talent a sudden all star
Giannis showed signs regardless of coach, as did harden, players with legit star potential show signs no matter the situation
A player with REAL potential does not have one legitimately impactful game in 40 games and a slight sprinkling of empty stats games regardless of the coach
Look at Dennis Smith jr. why is he struggling with a legit coach but luka isn’t?
He had a solid rookie year? It’s because maybe he doesn’t have the potential and Dallas is maybe smartly selling high before he goes in the dumps and nobody wants him
Ingram isn’t playing well, and that’s not all on luke because a player with legitimate potential would find a way to be effective. Nobody argued Kobe’s potential when he had del Harris coaching him, benching him, seemed to show the spark was there regardless
I think blaming Luke for Ingram is a cop out for Ingram. Facts are he’s a ghost and if he really needs a specific system to be consistently effective then he’s not worth the trouble because quite frankly he hasn’t remotely earned that.
I just think the issues with this team are beyond Ingram and his fit.
I’m not necessarily blaming Luke. I think there are issues with how Ingram’s development has been handled by the coaching staff, and front office. Ingram himself isn’t blameless as there’s been multiple occasions where he didn’t look engaged on either end of the floor.
-Coaching staff needs to get him touches in more advantageous positions. I get Bron is out and we need a primary shot-creator, but that’s not Ingram’s game. You let him play to his strengths, not weaknesses. He’ll refine those as he gets more experience.
-There are things Ingram can do on the court, like Kuzma, regardless of whether there is a play drawn up. Kuzma is overall a far more gifted scorer and he will thrive because of that. Ingram has the same predictable moves and plays right into the defense. Basically scoring via brute force the way LeBron does. Not taking 3’s. Needs to expand his range. If he’s going to be effective, he needs to take more 3’s, especially when defenders give him the Lonzo treatment. While I also like his on-ball defense, his effort and effectiveness off the ball should be much better considering his length alone.
-Front office should’ve brought in some reliable shooters. Brook was key, it’s becoming evident as we move into season. Especially for Ingram as he now has very few opportunities to go downhill without a congested paint. It’s a missed shot, turnover, or missed free throws. Helps with spacing for all the young guys, and gives Ingram room to operate in those pick and roll sets that seem to be our only plays right now.
Still believe there’s a good player within Ingram, but I’m not sure if it’s the player the Lakers want him to be and I don’t think getting rid of him solves all the issues with this team.