Second overall pick and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III is expected to be out for the remainder of the summer league after he was injured on Saturday. Bagley missed Sunday’s game and underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a pelvic bone bruise.
Bagley is expected to miss the next week or two before he will resume basketball activities. The Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a 2-3 week Optimal Recovery Time for a mild bone bruise, so he may be out a little longer than expected. The Duke star is no stranger to injuries though. Bagley also dealt with lingering knee injuries in the month leading up to the NCAA Tournament. He was able to play through the injury but at times looked hindered.
It’s not uncommon for rookies to suffer wear and tear injuries in their first few weeks as a professional. Many teams will rest rookies on the second game of back-to-back sets in the summer league to help ease them into the high intensity play of the NBA.
We had concerns about Lonzo Ball’s durability going into last season, so it was no surprise to see him missing chunks of time with lingering knee and lower body injuries. He eventually even required knee surgery for a torn left meniscus. We have similar concerns about Marvin Bagley. He dealt with various injuries during his freshman year at Duke, and it’s a concern that he’s starting out his professional career with another lower body injury. If the Kings manage his minutes and training this summer, they should be able to reduce his injury risk.