Kevin Durant Praises Pelicans' Brandon Ingram as a 'Different Breed'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2020

New Orleans Pelicans' Brandon Ingram heads to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
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New Orleans Pelicans star Brandon Ingram hit the ground running during Thursday's opening game of the NBA restart against the Utah Jazz, and folks took notice.

Namely, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant, who Ingram has been compared to physically given his 6'7", 190-pound frame:

Ingram hasn't always compared favorably to Durant beyond that, but his offensive game has continued to grow—to the point that the 2016 No. 2 overall draft pick came into Thursday averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game. And at the time of publication, the 22-year-old had 15 points by halftime against the Jazz, shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 2-of-4 from deep. 

If Ingram continues to shoot well from the perimeter—he's at 38.7 percent from the season—he'll be borderline impossible to guard with the ability to score at all three levels. Which would be awfully similar to the dilemma that defenses face against Durant. 

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