NBA Draft Kit: Preseason Injuries to Monitor

NBA Draft Kit: Preseason Injuries to Monitor

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

The NBA Bubble was a rousing success as the NBA was able to finish the 2019-20 season with zero positive COVID-19 tests in Orlando. Now, less than three months after the Lakers were crowned champions, the 2020-21 season is set to begin.

The new season will bring a myriad of challenges to NBA teams and medical staffs that will drastically impact the fantasy landscape. Multiple players testing positive for coronavirus was all but inevitable without the comfort of the bubble with multiple cases already confirmed. Fantasy managers must keep in mind that if a player tests positive for COVID-19, he will miss a minimum of 12 days, per league protocol.

Furthermore, a truncated offseason, coupled with a condensed regular season schedule, increases the likelihood of in-season injuries. A rise in soft tissues injuries, particularly in the early portions of the year, should be expected. As a result, fantasy managers will need to stay diligent while monitoring player health and fantasy leagues should consider adding an extra injured list spot to their roster settings. 

The new season still brings carryover from previous seasons as well with multiple players still recovering from long-standing injuries. Let's take a look at a few of these cases.

Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis

Both big men sustained meniscus injuries during bubble play. Jackson was injured in early August, tearing one of the menisci in his right knee. Porzingis tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee in Game 1 of the Mavericks' first round matchup

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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