Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III had a non-contact knee injury Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder and required assistance getting off the field. Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin was taking a step backward in the lane, presumably to get out of the way of a Thunder fast break. It was the Pistons’ home court, and he planted his left foot, which promptly went down. His right foot stayed put, and he twisted his knee awkwardly.

As Bagley hobbled off the court, he held his right knee in apparent anguish. He was later declared ineligible to play by the Pistons. Neither did they offer a preliminary diagnosis nor any additional information about the nature of the injury. According to sources who spoke with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, he will get an MRI soon.

If this injury turns out to be significant, it will be another setback for the former No. 2 overall choice, whose career has been hampered by a number of injuries since he entered the NBA from Duke in 2018. During his first season with the Sacramento Kings, he missed 20 games due to knee injuries. That year, he played in a career-high 62 games. Aside from his rookie year, he hasn’t played more than 48 games in any of the three seasons thereafter.

In the COVID-19 truncated 2019-2020 season, he was only able to play in 13 games due to a thumb injury. His subsequent availability has been constrained by ailments to his feet, calves, wrists, and groin. An early season dispute with the Kings also contributed to Bagley’s seat on the bench.

After a rough season with the Kings in which he never lived up to his No. 2 overall billing, Bagley was traded to the Pistons in the middle of the year in February, giving him a chance to start over. He played in 18 games for the Pistons last year and averaged 14.6 points, 6.8 boards, and 55.5% shooting. Barring any sort of injury, he should see significant playing time in the starting lineup this year.

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Career

On October 17, 2018, Bagley made his NBA debut with the Sacramento Kings, coming off the bench to score 6 points and grab 5 rebounds in 12 minutes of action in a 123-117 loss to the Utah Jazz. Bagley scored 19 points and added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks in a 149-129 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in his next game two days later.

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In a 117-116 loss to the Golden State Warriors on November 24, Bagley scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds off the bench. He sprained his left knee in their second game against Golden State on December 14.

He missed the next 11 games. In a game that the Kings led by 25 points going into the fourth quarter of on March 19, 2019, Bagley scored a career-high 28 points off the bench in a 123-121 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

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Bagley’s right thumb was fractured on October 24, 2019, and he was projected to miss four to six weeks of action due to the injury. Instead, he only got to play in 13 games as the 2020 season was canceled on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After hurting his right foot on July 19, 2020, in a preseason game, he was written off for the rest of the 2019-20 campaign. The Sacramento Kings announced they had picked up Bagley’s option on December 4, 2020.

The Kings and Bagley were unable to come to terms on a contract extension, thus the franchise notified him before the 2021-22 season began that he would not be a regular starter.

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