On Tuesday, a former NBA G-League player saw his dream come true. Andre Ingram, formerly of the South Bay Lakers, made his NBA debut.
Ingram is a 32-year old guard, who’s played in the NBA G-League for over a decade. He went undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft. His G-League career started when he was drafted by the Utah Flash in 2007.
On April 9th, the Lakers signed Andre Ingram. Ingram played for the South Bay Lakers, the L.A Lakers G-League affiliate, prior to signing with the Lakers. The Lakers signed Ingram for their final two games of the season. Ingram made his debut on Tuesday, and was the Lakers’ leading scorer. He scored 19 points, made 4 3-pointers, and 3 steals. The 32-year old rookie had an impressive debut
Andre Ingram gave us everything he had.
19 points, 4 3-pointers and 3 steals in an unforgettable NBA debut. pic.twitter.com/KiziDL8i7o
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 11, 2018
Ingram checked into the game late in the first quarter. When he checked in, Chris Paul walked over to greet him. Paul told him he respected him and his story. Paul, and several other NBA players have heard and admired Ingram’s story since they’d heard it.
Andre Ingram referred to his debut as “once in a lifetime”. His debut was unlike anything ever before.
Ingram, who is no stranger to shooting, made his first four shots, which included a three-pointer. He finished the game shooting 4 of 5 from three-point range. Staples Center erupted with each shot. Ingram even received “MVP” chants from the Laker fans. It was unreal, and a great thing to see.
The Lakers will close their season tonight against the Clippers. Ingram will likely play in this game. His first game was great, and may be hard to top. However, tonight’s game may be even better.
Ingram’s story is an amazing one, and one we can all admire. It shows that you should never give up on your goals, because you never know what will happen. Andre Ingram is an example of that.