Actually Lakers fans have championed Ingram cause we have seen him string together games where he's playing at an allstar level only to be struck down by injuries.
The talent has been there since college. He shot 40% in college from 3 and nearly 40% in his second year. Low usage sure but you could see he had the tools and since Lakers fans saw him day in and day out then sure they would argue against people who rarely saw him or just stat watched.
The reason ingram was held back last year was cause he needs the ball in his hand and well good luck with James on your team.
Ya see, here’s the problem and frankly where some of the frustration lies. A lot of Lakers fans keep saying “we saw this coming because we’ve seen his games” or “this is just an extension of what he was doing last year, he was already in the process of making the leap” and all of that stuff is not true.
He’s not ever had a single 3 game stretch where he shot as many 3s per game in his entire career as he has in any 3 game stretch from this year. That’s crazy.
Even when BI was killing it last year he wasn’t taking the same rate of catch and shoot 3s. Guys rarely triple the amount of 3 point shots they shoot while also increasing their percentages significantly.
That’s why the argument about fit doesn’t really make sense. Bron would not have negatively affected his catch and shoot opportunities. if anything Bron should have been getting more of that shot off of drive and kicks.
Again, the main argument from many folks who were making good faith arguments about the concerns about his fit and not just mad, was that he could only affect the game when he had the ball in his hands. That’s not true anymore and that’s what is different. He isn’t just carrying over a hot streak from last year.
I think the overall argument from people who believed in BI was that given a role as “the guy” he would be able to take a jump. But his game isn’t predicated on being the sole shot creator/ scoring option. He is running fewer pick and rolls and dribbling less per shot. If this were simply just that he’s getting featured more in the offense then you would probably see those numbers flipped.
Again the end result is good regardless but it is especially good because this style can work with
Other stars and Zion will likely be a star.