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Zion Williamson hopes for other stars returning from injury

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As the 2022-23 NBA season approaches, it’s become socially acceptable to start preparing for the fantasy basketball draft season. As always, a major part of that preparation is evaluating players recovering from injury and determining if they are worth an ADP.

Of course, some players’ injuries are more serious than others, and each player’s individual history should be carefully considered. Managers should think twice before drafting veterans like Kyrie Irving Also Malcolm Brogdon, seems to be beaten all the time.Meanwhile, such a player Damien Lillard Last season’s abdominal problem was the first time he had missed a long stretch due to an injury, so he could get the benefit of the doubt.

Below, RotoWire’s Jeff Stotts takes a closer look at seven key players recovering from injuries and offers his take on what fantasy managers should expect in the season ahead.

Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his foot during the offseason. He plans to sign a lucrative contract extension this summer and participate actively in training his camp.

Zion has the tools to become a top 50 fantasy player, but availability remains a decidedly glaring issue. Williamson has played just his 85 games in his three seasons as a professional, mainly due to leg and knee injuries. Based on the nature of these injuries, as well as ongoing concerns about Zion’s physique, New Orleans may choose to carefully manage his minutes and workload, and it’s possible he’ll be on his third stint. 60-65 games seems like the best scenario, even if he manages to avoid serious injuries. Fantasy his manager should be careful not to over-draft him the #1 pick for the entirety of 2019.

The Grizzlies’ defensive anchor will be out to start the season after undergoing surgery to address a stress fracture in his leg. The bones involved have not been revealed, but the team’s recovery schedule estimates that Jackson will miss four to six months.

Like Zion, Jackson’s early career was limited by injuries. He has missed an average of 26.3 games per season since being drafted, despite appearing in his career-high 78 games last year. He will likely return around Christmas, and Fantasy his manager should expect to miss more games when he returns. To do return. Memphis has historically managed injuries conservatively, and the risk of re-injury or recurrence lingers.His ADP in Jackson’s early years is currently at 68.3 in the Yahoo League, which may be a bit high given the timetable. I can’t.

Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) / Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)

The two former All-Stars missed the entirety of last season as they recovered from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sustained during the 2020-21 season. Murray tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in April 2021, and Leonard was injured two months later in the postseason. Both Denver and Los Angeles chose to keep them for a year to make sure each player was 100 percent upon their return and that Murray and Leonard were ready to start the new season.

Kawhi Leonard missed all of last season’s fantasy basketball due to injury. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

but, back to play When Return to previous level of performance Two very different things. A study found that a player returning from ACL reconstruction reported lower performance his markers in the first season after surgery. These stats appear to be back to pre-injury levels in the second season after surgery, which suggests expectations of Leonard and Murray need to be properly adjusted. Those who choose to invest in either player should expect an early season struggle and regular breaks.

Leonard’s injury history puts him at a higher risk of missing time than Murray. Leonard has endured countless injuries in his career, including lingering quadriceps tendonitis. He’s also shown a tendency to be inattentive with all sorts of ailments, and it’s unreasonable to expect him to play more than 65 games.

Damien Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard underwent surgery to repair an abdominal tendon injury after struggling for much of the season. Fortunately, the success rate for these procedures is high and Lillard should return to his All-Star level of play. Lillard has been a relative Iron Man in his NBA career, and he has no reason to think he won’t be able to play more than 70 games after missing 53 games last season.

Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) / Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets)

Simmons and Porter Jr. were both dynamic players and upper-tier fantasy weapons in previous seasons. However, both players have a history of checked injuries, starting with missing their respective rookie seasons. However, Porter withdrew after back surgery.

Both players are now following procedures for dealing with back injuries and are looking to recover. Simmons underwent a lumbar microresection. This procedure removes some or more pieces of the intervertebral disc. This approach is utilized to mitigate impingement on adjacent nerves in the area.

Porter’s surgery involved the lumbar spine, but was not confirmed as a microdiscectomy. However, this is his third back surgery of his career, and he has previously undergone microdissection on his L3-L4 region of the hip.

Both players are expected to get clearance in time for training camp, but they are far from out of the woods. They report symptoms such as pain, neuralgia, etc. Additionally, approximately 30% of NBA players required a second surgery to undergo a microdissection. As mentioned earlier, Porter has already required multiple surgeries.

Denver will likely return Porter (and teammate Murray) to the rotation early in the season. Simmons’ playing time could also be carefully managed given his previous list of injuries . Either player could lose about 20 to 25 games, and both in the early seasons it seems likely he sat one out of two games in a row.

Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers

Sexton missed 71 games after tearing the meniscus in his left knee last November. Certain surgeries Sexton underwent determined his lengthy recovery. When a meniscal injury occurs, the appropriate treatment depends on the location and nature of the tear.

Most meniscal tears are treated using a procedure known as a meniscectomy. In a meniscectomy, the damaged cartilage is simply removed or removed. Once the root of the problem is removed, affected individuals can return to play in a few weeks after associated symptoms subside and the knee is considered stable. Removal increases the long-term likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in the future, as some of the arthritis becomes unavailable.

To address long-term problems, a true meniscal repair is available to the surgeon, but only if the tear is in the specific portion of the disc involved. , which entails a longer recovery because athletes are unable to bear weight after surgery.

Sexton was unable to return for the 2021-22 season as he was able to undergo a true restoration. But he should be in time to start his first season in Utah, and while meniscus surgery carries some risk, he has a chance to play meaningfully, making it his fourth in a five-year career. Could easily appear in his 60+ games.

No one knows what the Utah roster will look like by the time opening night begins, but Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson Also Bojan Bogdanovic If is moved, it would open the door wide for Sexton to serve as the first option, although the Jazz front office hopes to be a very bad team. If he can stay healthy, Sexton could get closer to his numbers for the 2020-21 season. He tallied his 24.3 points, 4.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 3-goals, and had a 47.5% field goal percentage (37.1% 3pts).