Andre Ingram Scores 19 Points in NBA Debut

After 10 seasons in the NBA's minor league, 32-year old guard Andre Ingram finally made his National Basketball Association debut last night with the Los Angeles Lakers and it wasn't long before he was hearing "MVP" chants from the Staples Center crowd.

And by Tuesday night, the man who boasts a 48 percent shooting average was raining down threes on the Houston Rockets.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, his 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since Nick Van Exel's 23 in 1993. Ingram scored 19 points, assisted once, rebounded thrice, stole once, and blocked thrice in his 29-minute professional debut.

After 10 years in the G League (and the D League when it was named that), Lakers executives had a lot of ways to describe Andre Ingram.

The Lakers need rotation players with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma all battling injuries.

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric", he said. "It was unbelievable. The crowd, the lights - it was once in a lifetime". "Just an inspirational story".

It's a dream come true kind of day for Andre Ingram.

Ingram likely will feature for the Lakers on Tuesday night when they face the Los Angeles Clippers in their season finale.

When asked by reporters what their conversation was about, he said: "I told him much respect". But that didn't stop Ingram, watched by his wife and kids, enjoying the experience. Lakers forward Julius Randle called it "a testament to hard work, never giving up". But in the first half, the Rockets lost backup forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated right shoulder while dunking in this meaningless game. "We've just got to pick it up by committee". He didn't miss a single shot until the fourth quarter of the game. The G League's all-time leader in 3-pointers made quickly set about introducing the senior circuit to his ace skills from beyond the arc, nail four of five 3-point attempts.

And it wasn't only his teammates and family who were congratulating him.

  • Jon Douglas