Report: Pelicans' Brandon Ingram to Return Wednesday vs. T-Wolves After Toe Injury

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 25, 2023

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New Orleans Pelicans wing Brandon Ingram is reportedly expected to return to action Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Ingram will play Wednesday night barring a pregame setback after missing the past two months with a toe injury.

The 25-year-old Ingram has appeared in only 15 games this season and has not played since Nov. 25.

While he has only seen limited action this season, Ingram has been as productive as ever when healthy, averaging 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 three-pointers made per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and a career-best 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Ingram began his career with the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and after three seasons in L.A., he was dealt to New Orleans as part of the Anthony Davis trade.

Although AD helped the Lakers win a championship, the trade paid immediate dividends for the Pels as well since Ingram was named an All-Star for the first time in 2019-20 when he averaged a career-high 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 trifectas per game.

In his three full seasons with New Orleans prior to the 2022-23 campaign, Ingram averaged at least 22 points per game each year, making him among the most consistent offensive threats in the NBA.

Ingram's return is a case of the rich getting richer, as the Pelicans have managed to compile a 26-22 record this season, which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference.

His return also comes at a perfect time since New Orleans is in the midst of a five-game losing skid and is without one of its other top players.

Zion Williamson, who has played at an All-Star level when healthy this season, has not seen action since Jan. 2 because of a hamstring injury.

On Tuesday, the Pels announced that Williamson will be out for at least two more weeks, which will stretch his absence beyond a month.

While Ingram brings a much different skill set to the table than Williamson, his return is fortuitous, as he should at least be able to replace some of the offensive firepower that Zion provides on a nightly basis.