If there was one concern with Brandon Ingram before he was drafted, it was his slight frame. At 18 years of age and carrying just 190lbs, there were, and still are, serious reservations about his ability to last a full season in the NBA.
While Summer League does not compare to the real thing, the tournament in Las Vegas can be a good measure of how a player will cope once the season tips off.
Teams have targetted the teenager's physical ability and it has evidently had an effect on his shooting. During the outing with the Philadelphia 76ers, where he faced off against Ben Simmons, the forward was restricted to 3-12 from the field and scored just seven points.
He ended the game with the Golden State Warriors with the same number, but he was able to show that he will not be overawed by the style of the opposition.
“When guys get physical, I think it’s important to hit them first before they hit you,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “But I think my teammates are helping me out a lot. I think they still have confidence in me that I’ll just shoot the next shot or get back on the defensive end.
"All the guys off the bench are helping me out a lot. I think they’re getting in and they’re making a lot of plays on the offensive end and defensive end.”
During the 78-65 win over the Warriors, his shooting was still off as he went 0-5 from the field. Ingram took the game to his opponents with his physical style, getting to the free throw line nine times and connecting with seven of his attempts.
At such a tender age, he still has time to grow into his body, however, as the number two pick, some production will be expected of the Duke alumnus. If he can't find the rhythm under pressure, then taking it to the rim may be his best bet.