Yeah, he earned it. After spending ten seasons in the G League (formerly known as the D League), Andre Ingram finally got his call. In his NBA debut Tuesday night, the 32-year old scored 19 points against the Houston Rockets. 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.
“From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric. You could feel something in there. MVP chants, that’s just crazy,” Ingram told reporters. “Like I said [to myself], ‘Make the free throw, make the free throw, make the free throw.'”
The typical G-League salary is $26,000, a far cry from the usual salary in the NBA. Ingram has spent time as a math tutor to make up the difference while chasing his NBA dream over the last decade. For his two-game contract with the Lakers, he’ll make just over $13,000, 50% of a full season G League salary.
Ingram and his Lakers will wrap up the season this evening against the Clippers before officially beginning the offseason.