Promising young kings centre Marvin Bagley III will miss the next 4-6 weeks of basketball, after reports confirmed a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb suffered during Wednesday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.
The 20-year-old exploded as a rookie last season, putting up averages of 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and a block over 63 games. The Kings’ 2018 number two draft pick was set for a featured role in Luke Walton’s new offense this season, and his absence will be significant blow to a team looking to contend for a playoff position in the stacked Western Conference.
Bagley logged 28 minutes in Sacramento’s season opener, putting up an impressive 14 point, 10 rebound, 1 block and 1 assist stat-line despite their 29-point defeat in Phoenix. An MRI on Thursday confirmed the extent of his thumb injury.
If the 4-6 week recovery timetable is accurate, it would mean Bagley returns in late November – early December.
After missing 20 games in his rookie campaign, injuries are now becoming an official concern.