Scouts and executives are mixed on Ingram’s potential. Some, including the Lakers, view him as a potential superstar, and point to the development of Giannis Antetokounmpo as hope for Ingram’s ability to become a transcendent player in the future. Others look at him as more of a role player over the long term, someone who can become a long-limbed defender and shooter on the perimeter – a valuable player, to be sure, but not the star the Lakers are looking for.
Woody Sauldsberry, the 60th overall selection out of the historically black Texas Southern University in the 1957 NBA draft, is the only player in history outside of the first round to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Nearly 60 years later, Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Malcolm Brogdon hopes to give the ex-Philadelphia Warriors big man some company. “I’m blessed. Whether or not I win it, I’m blessed. My mom, all that she sacrificed driving me to all the AAU practices, my brothers supporting me and all my family that has helped get me here,” Brogdon told The Undefeated.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been impressed by Brogdon’s playing ability, poise and poker-faced demeanor. When asked what argument the 1994 NBA co-Rookie of the Year would give for Brodgon winning the rookie honor, Kidd told The Undefeated: “That’s an easy argument. You’re talking about a second-round pick playing, starting and coming off the bench that is helping the team have success and win. At the end of the day, it’s about winning, but sometimes we’re judged on other things. I think he should be one of the top two, if not No. 1, if he doesn’t win it.”