The NBA G League announced today that South Bay Lakers guard Andre Ingram has been selected as the winner of the 2021-22 Kia NBA G League Sportsmanship Award, which honors the player who best represents the ideals of character and conduct as a teammate on the court and in the locker room.
Ingram becomes the second two-time winner of the award in NBA G League history, having previously received the honor for the 2009-10 season. Each NBA G League team nominated one player for the 2021-22 award, and Ingram was ultimately selected as the winner by his fellow NBA G League players.
The Kia NBA G League Sportsmanship Award trophy is named after the late Jason Collier, who exemplified the qualities of a great teammate during his career in the NBA G League and the NBA. A 2003-04 All-NBA G League First Team selection, Collier was preparing to begin his sixth NBA season at the time of his death in 2005.
Ingram, who just completed his 13th NBA G League season, is a fixture atop the NBA G League record books, ranking first all-time in games played (474) and minutes (11,699), third in points (4,533) and fourth in field goals made (1,515). He also holds the all-time NBA G League record for most three-pointers made (845), while sitting in fifth place all-time in three-point percentage (44.9). The Richmond, Virginia native appeared in six career NBA games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Ingram’s energy off the bench as a player and mentor helped South Bay achieve one of their most productive seasons in franchise history. The team started strong with a 10-4 record in the Showcase Cup followed by a 21-11 record in the regular season, earning a three-seed in the Western Conference and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. Ingram’s leadership was pivotal in the development of the team’s young players as South Bay finished the season with eleven NBA call-ups, the second most in the G League.