Chris Paul tweets congratulations to Lakers' Andre Ingram on National Basketball Association debut

Lakers Sign Andre Ingram for the Rest of the Season

Lakers Sign Andre Ingram for the Rest of the Season

Ingram, who has a degree in physics from American University, has played 384 career games in the development league, averaging 10.2 points in 25.6 minutes per game while making a record 713 shots from deep.

The Lakers need rotation players with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma all battling injuries. Basketball's biggest stage was right there, but always out of reach.

And the 32-year-old former Perth Wildcat didn't disappoint, dropping 19 points to go with three blocks and three steals.

It wasn't the first time this week Ingram became a viral sensation, as the Lakers shared video from the moment that he was informed he would be called up for the final two games of the season.

Ingram was the Lakers' leading scorer at halftime with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting in what was surely a lifelong dream finally coming true. He has been with the Lakers the past six seasons.

Ingram averaged 9.1 points per game for the South Bay Lakers this season, helping them to the G-League's Western Conference finals, where the team, coached by Coby Karl, lost to the Austin Toros.

Ingram graduated from American in 2007. He has played for the team now known as the South Bay Lakers since 2012, playing in 186 games for the franchise's affiliate.

The veteran guard spent just seven days at the Wildcats during the 2016-17 season, citing mental health issues as his reason for leaving.

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