Andre Ingram did on Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Houston Rockets. And by Tuesday night, the man who boasts a 48 percent shooting average was raining down threes on the Houston Rockets.
Ingram's fourth 3-pointer with 51 seconds left trimmed Houston's end in 102-99, nevertheless the Lakers didn't score as soon as extra. Ingram scored 19 points, assisted once, rebounded thrice, stole once, and blocked thrice in his 29-minute professional debut.
And the 32-year-old former Perth Wildcat didn't disappoint, dropping 19 points to go with three blocks and three steals.
"I wondered why those two big guys were back there", Ingram laughed after the surprise announcement as Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka walked into the room.
"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric", he said. It was truly a once in a lifetime moment and one the salt and peppered Ingram earned, all the way down to the "MVP" chants from the Staples Center crowd.
Per NBA.com, Ingram is the G League's all-time leader in three-pointers made with 713. "MVP chants, that's merely insane".
If you knew the name Andre Ingram before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week, it was probably for one of two reasons.
After the game, nine-time All Star and two-time Olympic gold medallist Paul, 32, said: "I told him much respect".
"I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable", Paul told ESPN.
Ingram and his Lakers will wrap up the season this evening against the Clippers before officially beginning the offseason.
Lakers icon Bryant tweeted footage of Ingram's highlights and added the caption: "LOVE IT". "10 years grinding in the G League, finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that's pretty special".