Brandon Ingram wins NBA most improved player

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young...
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)(fox 8)
Updated: Aug. 31, 2020 at 6:05 PM CDT
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It was a no-brainer for local basketball fans, but the NBA made it official announcing Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram as the most improved player for the 2019-20 season.

Ingram, after being traded to New Orleans as part of the deal for Anthony Davis last summer, averaged career-highs in rebounds, assists, steals and, most noticeably, points. His 23.8 points per game also led the Pelicans as a team.

“Change of scenery was great because coming from L.A., you don’t know the types of distractions,” Ingram said via videoconference Monday night. “You get kind of spoiled in the sense of everything that’s around L.A. and you don’t know what’s going on until you’re actually out of it and I think me coming to New Orleans, just going back and forth to the gym, when you getting something to eat, going to the gym, back home, whatever it was, just staying at home, showed me how focused I need to be and even sometimes me going home, I noticed even more of how focused I could have been, watching film, studying little details in things. It definitely helped me see things clearer.”

His standout performance came against the Utah Jazz in mid-January where Ingram scored a career-high 49 points in a huge victory. It was one of two 40+ point games that he posted during the season.

Ingram is a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning the Pelicans have the right to match any offer he gets from another team.

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