Fantasy NBA: Injury Report

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Atlanta Hawks

No injury news.

Boston Celtics

Kendrick Perkins(notes) – Perkins’ 2009-10 season came to an end when he tore his MCL and PCL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. He is currently slated to return in mid-February. Fantasy Outlook: It’s hard to envision Perkins being at 100 percent at any point this season, and the Celtics brought in Jermaine O’Neal(notes) and Shaquille O’Neal(notes) during the off- season, so his value will remain limited even if he does return to the court. [Sept 9]

Delonte West(notes) – West is slated to miss the first 10 games of the NBA season serving his suspension for last year’s gun charges. Fantasy Outlook: West wouldn’t be worthy of standard league consideration even without the suspension, and deep-leaguers should note that he’ll face competition for minutes from Nate Robinson(notes) and Von Wafer(notes) upon his return. [Sept 9]

Charlotte Bobcats

Shaun Livingston(notes) – Livingston’s minutes could still be limited and he may miss some off-day practices as a result of his 2007 knee injury. Fantasy Outlook: In a nutshell, it’s wise to temper expectations here even if he’s named the starting PG, ahead of D.J. Augustin(notes). At best he’ll never regain a large part of his former athleticism, and at worst he’ll struggle to play many games/minutes in any one season. [Sept 9]

Chicago Bulls

No injury news.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Mo Williams(notes) – Williams will need at least two weeks off after straining his groin in workouts just before the start of camp. An MRI revealed no tear but he isn’t likely to be back to full speed until mid-October. Fantasy Outlook: This is not the kind of news you want to see a few days after his state of mind was also called into question. Williams should be in for a good season as one of offensive keys for the more up-tempo Cavs, but this takes a bit of the shine off his status as a fourth- round selection. Be sure that Williams gets back to full health before you are heavily-invested and keep Ramon Sessions(notes) in mind as a handcuff and/or late-round option. [Sept 27]

Dallas Mavericks

Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) – Beaubois broke his foot while training with the French National team in early August and was expected to miss two to three months after undergoing surgery. The team remains hopeful that he’ll return in time for the start of the regular season. Fantasy Outlook: The injury definitely took some of the shine off his mega-sleeper status, but he remains an intriguing late-round and deep-league target. The Mavs could still look to expand his role, but missing all or most of camp does put him at a competitive disadvantage. [Sept 21]

Denver Nuggets

Chris Andersen(notes) – Andersen has had no set-backs in his recovery from May 24 surgery to repair a partially torn patella tendon in his right knee but still can’t say that he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season. Fantasy Outlook: Andersen is a cheap source of blocks and boards at his best, but he will likely be at less than 100 percent when he does eventually get back to the active roster. Look for updates but feel free to ignore him in standard leagues for now. Nene Hilario(notes) and Al Harrington(notes) will log heavy minutes, particularly in the early-going, for the Nuggets’ thin frontcourt. [Sept 9]

Kenyon Martin(notes) – As with Andersen, Martin had off-season knee surgery and is out indefinitely. Martin himself can’t pinpoint how many months he’ll need to recover. Fantasy Outlook: Kenyon is talking in months and it’s unlikely that he’ll have a notable fantasy impact this season. He certainly won’t warrant attention on draft day. Give a significant upgrade to the newly signed Al Harrington, as he’s likely to see starter’s minutes at PF for the foreseeable future. [Sept 9]

Detroit Pistons

Ben Gordon(notes) – After an injury-riddled 2009-10 season, Gordon underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle. Fantasy Outlook: Gordon skipped international play to concentrate on rehab and expects to be 100 percent to start the season. With that said he remains behind Richard Hamilton(notes) on the depth chart at SG and will have plenty of competition for minutes, so his ceiling is only so high. [Sept 9]

Tracy McGrady(notes) – McGrady claims he is in much better shape than at any point last season, when he carried extra weight, was poorly conditioned, and struggled to play back-to-back games. Fantasy Outlook: T-Mac isn’t exactly setting the bar high when it comes to improving on last season. Even if he is relatively healthy, it’s hard to foresee a situation where he finds many available minutes at small forward (Tayshaun Prince(notes), Austin Daye(notes), Jonas Jerebko(notes)) or shooting guard (Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon). [Sept 9]

Golden State Warriors

Andris Biedrins(notes) – Biedrins played through injuries in 2009-10 and eventually had surgery in March to repair a small abdominal tear. Fantasy Outlook: Biedrins has been working on his core strength this off-season and will be 100 percent at the start of camp. He’s something of a rebound candidate, particularly now that Keith Smart is running the show for the Warriors. [Sept 27]

David Lee(notes) – Lee injured his middle finger during USA basketball’s practice in July and was slated to miss up to six weeks. The timeline means he should be ready to go for Warriors’ camp. Fantasy Outlook: The injury certainly could have been worse. Lee should once again be among the game’s elite players as the second or third option on a very fantasy-friendly team. [Sept 9]

Ekpe Udoh(notes) – Udoh tore a ligament in his left wrist during a workout in July and isn’t likely to return to the court until late January. Fantasy Outlook: He’ll be well behind the curve by the time he’s 100 percent and isn’t likely to make a fantasy impact this season, barring a slew of injuries to his teammates. [Sept 9]

Houston Rockets

Chase Budinger(notes) – Budinger is expected to miss the start of training camp because of moderate to severe left ankle sprain suffered in early September. His expected timeline for returning to basketball activities is four to six weeks. Fantasy Outlook: Budinger was expected to have a significant role behind Shane Battier(notes) with Trevor Ariza(notes) no longer on the team. Move Battier up your cheat sheets a bit more as he’ll attempt to cement starter’s minutes at the small forward, and keep an eye on the Rockets’ plans for Budinger once he gets closer to a return. [Sept 9]

Yao Ming(notes) – The Rockets have announced that Yao will be limited to 24 minutes per game during the regular season and is unlikely to play the second game of back-to-backs in the early going. Fantasy Outlook: The Rockets clearly want to save Yao for the playoffs, although these specifics could change as the season progresses. It also seems reasonable to assume that he’ll come in under 24 minutes in blowout wins, blowout losses, and poor matchups. Yao’s career per-24 minute line includes 14 points, 6.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 2 turnovers, 0.3 steals, and 1.4 blocks. Jermaine O’Neal’s per-game rank was 106 last season with similar numbers, so set your expectations accordingly. Brad Miller(notes) is in the mix and the team is also interested in adding Erick Dampier(notes), so it’s hard to get overly-excited about Yao’s prospects for this coming season. [Sept 21]

Indiana Pacers

Darren Collison(notes) – Collison fractured a finger on his right hand in mid-August but, barring any setbacks, is expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp. Fantasy Outlook: Despite the injury occurring on his shooting hand, there is no reason to think he won’t be a major fantasy contributor this upcoming season. He’s the PG of the present and future for the Pacers and will be heavily-utilized in the fantasy-friendly system from the outset. [Sept 9]

Tyler Hansbrough(notes) – Hansbrough has been cleared for contact and will be a full participant in Pacers’ camp. Fantasy Outlook: This is great news, but Hansbrough isn’t in the clear yet. He was limited to non-contact drills since July, so we’ve got to see how his body reacts to the new stresses. It’s ideal for all involved parties that he can own the PF position - his per-36s as a rookie included 17.3 points, 8.0 free throws, 9.7 boards, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks. Keep him in mind as a late-round target in standard leagues. [Sept 23]

Brandon Rush(notes) – Rush has been suspended for the first five games of the season for violating the NBA’s drug policy on three separate occasions last year. Fantasy Outlook: Rush might be on his last legs with Bird and the Pacers’ organization after showing serious promise late in the 2008-09 season. A (potentially) healthy Mike Dunleavy will create a squeeze for playing time once he does return from suspension. [Sept 9]

Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin(notes) – Griffin is 100 percent and will enter camp with no restrictions. Fantasy Outlook: Griffin will be one of most heavily-scrutinized players in the pre-season, and we need to get a look at his explosiveness and athleticism before we can comfortably commit to specific expectations. In general, he projects as a three-category contributor (points, FG%, rebounds) with a few steals-plus-blocks, above-average turnovers, and a D12- like free throw percentage (59% in college). [Sept 21]

Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant(notes) – The latest on Kobe - via Luke Walton - is that he looks great and said his knee feels great, and he’s about to resume basketball-related activities. When it comes to his ravaged right index finger, it’s doubtful that he’ll ever play again without some kind of support and he’s going to have to deal with arthritis as a result of the accumulated abuse. Fantasy Outlook: Kobe has as much mileage on his body as anyone who has ever played the game, but his endurance is also near-legendary at this point. His finger didn’t limit his production last season, so why should we expect it to in 2010-11? There is a remote chance that he’ll be less likely to play through significant pain again this season, but he’s not going to fall in drafts regardless. [Sept 9]

Andrew Bynum(notes) – Bynum’s newest timetable is somewhere around the end of November, but it remains a bit vague. Fantasy Outlook: By now you should be dropping Bynum a bit further in your ranks and moving Lamar Odom(notes) up. Now we’re talking about at least a few weeks off, then a slow start when he does return, and it’s still anyone’s guess as to how many games he’ll actually play. The early sixth-round ADP (64.9) is now looking like break-even in an absolute best-case. [Sept 27]

Memphis Grizzlies

No injury news.

Miami Heat

Mario Chalmers(notes) – Chalmers is currently listed as questionable for the start of camp after suffering a high ankle sprain during July workouts. Fantasy Outlook: Chalmers will face competition from Carlos Arroyo(notes) to start at PG for the Heat, but it’s hard to envision either player being a consistent option, considering the firepower on the team. It’s also possible that the Heat rarely use a “true” PG, instead opting to put snipers like Mike Miller(notes) and Eddie House(notes) on the floor alongside Dwyane Wade(notes) and LeBron James(notes). [Sept 9]

Milwaukee Bucks

Andrew Bogut(notes) – Bogut will be with the team for the start of training camp and his goal is to be active on opening night. Fantasy Outlook: Bogut said that a minutes limit won’t be necessary, but then added that he can’t eat dinner properly, work on a computer, or hold a telephone, so blocking 2.5 shots per game sure seems like a lot to ask. Bucks GM John Hammond also relayed that doctors have told Bogut that he’ll have to deal with pain and arthritic conditions for “probably at least the next year”. Bogut is a tough customer, but a lower ceiling value and the potential for another injury makes him a very risky proposition this season, particularly if it’s an approximation of last season’s top-25 numbers that you are seeking. [Sept 21]

Michael Redd(notes) – Redd isn’t expected to be physically fit to resume working out until January 2011, and he may not be a consideration for an active roster at any point this season. Fantasy Outlook: Redd’s only value to the Bucks at this point is his expiring contract. He’s certainly played his last substantive minutes for the Bucks, and his career prospects remain in doubt. [Sept 9]

Minnesota Timberwolves

Jonny Flynn(notes) – Flynn is now two months removed from his July shoulder surgery and the team hopes he’ll be able to resume basketball activities after an October 18 checkup. Fantasy Outlook: Flynn struggled to adjust to Kurt Rambis’ system as a rookie, and the team signed Luke Ridnour(notes) and declared it an open competition even before he suffered his injury. He remains questionable for the start of the regular season and will have to work to have more than a fringe impact this season, particularly if Ridnour gets off to a relatively good start. [Sept 27]

Wesley Johnson(notes) – Johnson is still bothered by a hamstring injury that largely removed him from summer league action and he may be limited early in camp. Fantasy Outlook: Not huge news here as of yet but something to monitor, particularly if you are drafting early. [Sept 20]

New Jersey Nets

No injury news.

New Orleans Hornets

Chris Paul(notes) – Paul played only seven games after returning from knee surgery before his season ended due to a ligament tear in his right middle finger. He is expected to be fully healthy entering training camp. Fantasy Outlook: CP3 will be highly-motivated to put last season well behind him. He’s got a new running mate in Trevor Ariza and should approach his career mark in minutes played without a legitimate backup. [Sept 9]

Peja Stojakovic(notes) – Stojakovic missed the Hornets final 18 games due to an abdominal injury but should be ready to go at the start of training camp. Fantasy Outlook: Ironically, Peja’s back didn’t give him any trouble last season. The Hornets are ready to put the Peja era behind them, as his $14 million contract expires at the end of the season. Given the team’s youth and talent on the wings (Marcus Thornton(notes), Trevor Ariza), there’s no reason to expect the 2010-11 season to be a glorious swan song for the 33-year -old veteran. [Sept 9]

New York Knicks

Kelenna Azubuike(notes) – Azubuike is still recovering from November 18 surgery to repair a torn knee tendon, won’t be ready when camp opens and may not be practicing in time to start the regular season. Fantasy Outlook: Doctors stated at the time of his surgery that it would likely take a full year to recover, so the recent news shouldn’t be a shock. He was the favorite among early mock drafters to start at SG, but Wilson Chandler(notes), Danilo Gallinari(notes), and Roger Mason(notes) are likely see the lion’s share of at least the early minutes. [Sept 23]

Oklahoma City Thunder

No injury news.

Orlando Magic

No injury news.

Philadelphia 76ers

No injury news.

Phoenix Suns

Robin Lopez(notes) – Lopez missed 20 games total late last season (10 regular season, 10 playoffs) due to a bulging disk in his back. He withdrew from USA Basketball training camp over the summer as a precautionary move. Fantasy Outlook: He was medically cleared for the international play, so he should be good to go for the Suns in camp and will be counted on heavily as the starting center for the post-Amar’e Suns. Don’t completely discount the possibility of fatigue or injury here - he’s averaged just 56 games and 14 minutes played over his first two seasons. [Sept 9]

Portland Trail Blazers

Greg Oden(notes) – The Blazers’ Director of College Scouting said in a recent radio interview that he hopes Oden will be able to play 60-65 games this season. Fantasy Outlook: This is the first substantive update we’ve seen and means the Blazers are more than willing to take it slow. Marcus Camby’s(notes) presence on the roster allows them to do so, and the aged Camby is looking like a better pick all the time. Oden will rebound and block shots when he does play, but it’s difficult to make a case for him in re-draft leagues before Round 8. [Sept 23]

Joel Przybilla(notes) – The Trail Blazers currently don’t expect Przybilla to return until late November or December at the earliest. Fantasy Outlook: The Vanilla Gorilla will be third on the depth chart at center and would only warrant fantasy consideration if he can get fully healthy and both Marcus Camby and Greg Oden lose time to injury. [Sept 9]

Sacramento Kings

Tyreke Evans(notes) – Evans was suspended for the first game of the season as a result of his reckless driving arrest in late May. Fantasy Outlook: He does miss a favorable matchup in Minnesota but owners will be happy it’s just one game that will be nothing more than a distant memory by December. [Sept 9]

San Antonio Spurs

No injury news.

Toronto Raptors

Jose Calderon(notes) – In an exhibition match against the United States, Calderon tore his hamstring muscle and is expected to need a month to recover. Fantasy Outlook: How far has this former roto juggernaut fallen? This is exactly the type of injury that you’d anticipate Calderon struggling to shake all season, regardless of the projected timeframe for a recovery. The fact that he was almost traded doesn’t speak well towards his standing within the organization, and it appears likely that he’ll back up Jarrett Jack(notes), regardless of his health. [Sept 9]

Ed Davis(notes) – Davis suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee while playing a pick-up game and is expected to miss between four and six weeks following his September 20 surgery. Fantasy Outlook: There couldn’t be a worse way for him to start his rookie season, as he’ll certainly miss the entire pre-season. He will still have a role when he does return, but this will put him behind the curve at exactly the wrong time and give Amir Johnson(notes) a great shot at locking down very consistent playing time (read: upgrade). Reggie Evans(notes), Joey Dorsey(notes), and David Andersen(notes) will also have an opportunity to steal some of the backup PF/C minutes that otherwise would be slated for Davis. [Sept 20]

Utah Jazz

Raja Bell(notes) – Bell missed all but six games last season due to a serious wrist injury. All signs point to his being ready for training camp (he passed his physical and Utah didn’t match Portland’s offer to Wesley Matthews(notes)). Fantasy Outlook: Raja has the potential to offer some value as a three-point specialist for the Jazz, but he’ll be 34 years old and has spent almost a year removed from competition. C.J. Miles(notes) and Gordon Hayward(notes) will push him for minutes if he does struggle. [Sept 9]

Mehmet Okur(notes) – Okur ruptured his Achilles in the Jazz’s first playoff game last season, had surgery on April 20, and a timetable for his return to the court remains unclear. Fantasy Outlook: Okur’s game doesn’t rely much on athleticism, but this type of injury can require up to nine months for a full recovery. He started running drills in early September and the team plans to re-evaluate his status in mid-October, with a realistic target for a return being late December or early January. With Al Jefferson(notes) and Paul Millsap(notes) slated as the team’s starting frontcourt, Okur figures to be in for a mediocre season in almost any scenario. [Sept 14]

Washington Wizards

Andray Blatche(notes) – Blatche had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot in June. He has full clearance to participate in full-contact drills from the start in camp, but the team is still likely to limit his activities in the early-going. Fantasy Outlook: He’s fresh off negotiating his own contract extension and said he’ll “definitely” not miss any games to start the regular season. It won’t be easy for him to match last season’s late offensive output with John Wall(notes) and Gilbert Arenas(notes) in line for plenty of usage, but he’s still a major player for the Wizards and will derive his true fantasy value from boards, steals, and blocks. [Sept 27]

Josh Howard(notes) – Howard tore his ACL in February and hopes to be at or near full strength by mid-season. Fantasy Outlook: It would be something of a surprise if Howard warranted standard league consideration in 2010-11. He doesn’t seem like the type to come in on the early end of projected timeframes and, as it stands now, he’ll face competition for minutes from Al Thornton(notes) and Nick Young(notes) when he does return to the active roster. [Sept 9]