Buddy Hield started the season real slow in New Orleans, making just 30 of his first 89 shots over his first eight games. By the end of the December, he was lucky to get 10 minutes of playing time. Near the end of January, he had a four game streak where he made just 5 of 26 shots. Lucky for him, he was traded to the Kings a few weeks later and has been a solid player since. He even won rookie of the month in his first month in Sacramento.
Brandon Ingram is another rookie who had a rough start but has been showing flashes of brilliance since the All-Star break. Before the break, Ingram had 12 games with only 1 field goal (4 games with at least 8 field goal attempts) and 2 games with 0 field goals while playing at least 19 minutes. He’s now scored in double figures in 13 of his last 14 games and shot over 50% in 9 of those 13.
On Friday, the two rookies both played 30 minutes and this is what they did in the Lakers victory.
- Hield: 17 points, 2 assists (7-14 fg, 3-5 3pt)
- Ingram: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals (6-14 fg, 0-2 3pt)