NBA Draft: Which First Round Prospects Have the Biggest Injury Concerns?June 20, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
With the NBA draft just around the corner, here’s a look at the top players in the draft with the biggest injury concerns moving forward.
There were many questions surrounding Michael Porter and his health. Porter was recruited very highly by Missouri in 2017 and many people were saying that Porter would be the next big thing, but he suffered a serious back injury just 2 minutes into the season opener. Porter wouldn’t get to play again until the very end of the season and even then, he was still projected to go in the top 10 in the draft. However, people haven’t really seen much basketball out of Porter and people are starting to wonder how will favor in the NBA. He just recently canceled his second pro day due to a strained hip and because of this setback, the big question surrounding Porter is how far will his draft stock plummet.
Marvin Bagley is a huge star in the making and is very explosive on offense, but he does have a lot of injury concerns heading into the draft. Bagley is expected to go in the top 3 of the draft, but Bagley does have some concerns regarding injuries. The Duke star missed a significant amount of time in February due to a recurring knee injury. Bagley is expected to go very high in the draft, but his health is a big concern and is a High Injury Risk heading into the NBA draft.
Doncic is easily the best guard heading into the draft and has so much promise in the NBA, but he has some injury concerns heading into the draft. Early on in September, Doncic sprained his ankle, but didn’t miss much time. His big injury came in March when he injured his hamstring. That injury was crucial for Doncic because at that time, he had be struggling with his game during that stretch as he was only averaging 3 points per game. That injury certainly added to the disappointment in March for Doncic. The big question is whether or not his draft stock will drop due to the setback.
Wendell Carter is the third player on this list projected to go somewhere in the top 10. However, Carter is no stranger to missing significant time due to injury. Towards the end of the season, Carter suffered a foot injury and missed some time leading up to tournament play. Even though Carter is healthy as of now, he still has somewhat of a high risk for an injury and is something that most NBA teams should be concerned about as they finalize their draft picks.
Collin Sexton is surely one to watch in the NBA as he has a lot of potential to become a great NBA point guard, but throughout the season he had injury problems throughout the season. Sexton was nursing an abdominal injury and was limited in a lot of games and missed a few games due to the injury. Sexton is healthy as of now, but surely that abdominal injury will definitely be a concern for NBA teams looking to draft this young playmaker.
Landry Shamet is listed as one of the best guards in the draft and he has a really good basketball IQ. However, he did have an injury scare before the start of the 2017-18 season when he sustained a stress fracture in his right foot in a summer practice session. Shamet was able to come back just in time for the start of the regular season and put up solid numbers this season and is big reason to Wichita State being an elite basketball school. Shamet hasn’t sustained an injury since his stress fracture, but that injury can cause some concern to certain NBA teams come draft time.
Lonnie Walker was big in Miami’s run towards the tournament and was really strong in the second half of the season. In the first half of the season however, Walker was nursing a torn meniscus in his right knee, in which he sustained during a summer practice session. Walker did come back for the start of the season, but the injury was clearly affecting his play and he was limited in minutes and even sat out a few games. The big concern for Walker moving forward is if he gets injured, how will the injury affect his play?
Kevin Huerter is one of the best three-point shooters in the draft and a lot of teams are looking at him because of his shooting beyond the arc. However, NBA teams are concerned as Huerter had surgery on his right hand about a week ago. It is uncertain as to what caused the injury, but the surgery will cause Huerter to miss 6 months. Having surgery this close to draft night is serious especially for Huerter, who has been trending in the right direction ever since his performance at the combine, in which he nailed 15 threes in a row. Hopefully the injury won’t affect his draft stock as Huerter is projected to 20th overall as of right now.