Andre Ingram made his NBA debut on Tuesday night after spending over 10 years in the G-League and a minor stint in Australia, scoring 19 points and adding three blocks.
Ingram, who ended the game shooting an impressive 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, didn’t miss a shot until halfway through the fourth quarter. And he did it all against the team with the best record in the NBA, the Houston Rockets.
By the end of the game, fans in the Staples Center were chanting “MVP” as the grey-haired Ingram took free throws, with leading MVP candidate James Harden watching from the bench.
Various players from around the league reacted on Twitter:
The power of focus and persistence is real!! Congrats Andre Ingram on your NBA debut. Well deserved! pic.twitter.com/U1MY9F1LOI— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 11, 2018
S/O to Andre Ingram… That was inspirational my brotha! Keep it going. God’s got you!— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 11, 2018
Andre Ingram, crazy story, very inspiring! God is good— Denzel Valentine (@denzelvalentine) April 11, 2018
The 32-year-old had just finished up his season with the South Bay Lakers, a G-League team owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, when he received the news that he would be with the Lakers for the remainder of the season.
The 6’ 3” Ingram holds the record for most 3-pointers made in G-League history, and it showed on Tuesday night. The veteran shooting guard buried his first four shots, and his 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since Nick Van Exel scored 23 in 1993.
Ingram had been working as a math tutor on the side to help keep his NBA dreams alive.
The Lakers will face the Los Angeles Clippers in their final regular season game on Wednesday night.