There's a silver lining, though. It's the dude who resembles an artfully decorated prayingmantis, and who can't seem to stop scoring.
Brandon Ingram is off to the best start of his NBA career.
The biggest change for Ingram thus far has been his willingness to fire away from 3-point range.
In L.A., Ingram sometimes looked like a player who liked to meander through possessions, probing and overdribbling in search of a cleaner isolation look or a better playmaking angle.
So far, though, he seems to be making an effort to get with the Pelicans' program.
He's sloughing off the uncertainty of living in the shadow of LeBron and the AD trade not to mention concerns about the deep vein thrombosis that ended his 2018-19 season and threatened to derail his career and flourishing in his new context.
"I would say this is a better environment," Ingram told Mark Medina of USA Today.
The big question, of course, is whether it'll stay that way.
Can he replicate his early season effectiveness in a lower usage role?
An awful lot depends on Ingram's remaining willing to let it rip from long range, and knocking them down at a high enough clip to keep defenses honest.
How well Ingram read justs to his new normal after finding his rhythm so quickly could have a major impact on the Pelicans'chances of shaking off their early stumbles and competing for a lower tier playoff spot in the crowded West.
It could also go a long way toward determining what his own longer term future looks like.
If Ingram keeps this up, he could become the belle of the free agent ball, eliciting significant offers from either a Pelicans team eager to keep an exciting young core together, or the few teams with major cap space who might like to fill it with a 22-year-old potential star in the making.