Since the L.A. Lakers selected Duke's Brandon Ingram with the second overall draft pick this summer, comparisons between the small forward and the 2014 MVP Kevin Durant keep cropping up.
KD, of course, sported the same kind of lightweight frame when he entered the NBA, but he was an elite shooter almost from the get-go.
Ingram has all those kinds of attributes, but speaking after the Select Team’s scrimmage against Team USA in which the two faced off, the new Golden State Warriors man had some high praise for the Purple and Gold's newest hope.
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“He (Brandon Ingram) reminds me of myself, but he’s a little farther along than I was at that stage,” Durant said. “I feel like if you continue to keep working, he’s with a great organization that’s going to push him and put him in a good position to be who he is.
"Continue to just work hard and believe in himself and everything is possible for him. He’s a great player. I watched him almost every game this season. I’m a huge fan, first person I can say that I can look at him and feel like I’m looking in the mirror. I’m rooting for him.”
Lakers fans will be delighted to know they have a Durant-esque player in the making. KD has been the leading scorer in four of his nine NBA seasons and is undoubtedly one of the best offensive players in the world.
If Ingram gets even near his stratosphere, the Lakers have made a successful pick. KD feels like Ingram's weight is no big deal at this stage; as long as he adjusts to life as a pro and continues to work on his game, the rest will fall into place.
“Once you get conditioned to the NBA game, the travel, the long season, it’s just basketball after that. I’m sure they have weight trainers and chefs and all those people to make sure he’s eating right and lifting. For the most part, if you can play, you can play, and he knows how to play the game.”
How far do you think the 18-year-old Ingram can really go?