An injury to his left foot had already cost Bagley all but 13 games this season. He also missed 20 games due to injury as a rookie in 2018-19.
Several Kings players, including Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, Alex Len, and Harrison Barnes, had tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. With another key piece also suffering an injury in the bubble, Sacramento, currently 3.5 games back of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, probably stands very little chance of competing in Orlando at this point.
Things are getting worse for the already shorthanded Sacramento Kings.
The Kings announced Monday that forward Marvin Bagley III has suffered a right foot injury during practice Sunday. The team is awaiting the results of an MRI.
More tough news for the Sacramento Kings, who’ve already had four guys test positive for COVID, another player unintentionally break the bubble perimeter and their star player sprain his ankle. pic.twitter.com/oDWkP5PJ36
The Kings can’t seem to catch a break. In addition to four players testing positive for COVID-19, another key player suffered a sprained ankle and will miss at least a bit of time. With Bagley’s status up in the air, the Kings look like they could be very shorthanded for the start of meaningful action.
Injuries had already derailed much of Bagley’s season, including one to his other foot. The 21-year-old had averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season, but in just 13 appearances.
Marvin Bagley III should be ready to return to action for the Sacramento Kings when the season resumes in Orlando next month, but he is unlikely to be starting, according to one reporter.
Longtime Kings reporter Jason Jones wrote in a column Friday where he answered fan questions that he does not see Bagley starting when the Kings resume playing. Jones cites the success the team was having prior to the league’s suspension in March coupled with the urgency to win now in the 8-game format as his reasons for believing Bagley will come off the bench.
Bagley was the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft by Sacramento, so they obviously have tremendous faith in his long-term development as a player. He was limited to 62 games as a rookie due to injury and has only played in 13 games this season due to thumb and foot injuries.
Prior to the season’s suspension, the Kings had gone 7-3 in their most recent 10 games. They are 28-36 on the season and narrowly made the 22-team cut to resume the season. Bagley is averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.
“Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (left midfoot sprain) continues to progress through the reconditioning process, under the supervision of the team’s physicians and in coordination with foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He recently incorporated stationary shooting and partial-weight bearing conditioning activities into his regimen, in addition to ongoing strength work. An update regarding Bagley’s status will be provided in three weeks.”
Bagley has missed time consistently this season due to his foot injury, and before that, a thumb injury. The 20-year-old has only played in 13 games this season, averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in those contests. The Kings are only 21-33 this season, which is below their expectations.
This has been a rough run for Bagley, who also missed 20 games in his rookie season.
Marvin Bagley III still does not have a timetable on his return from a broken thumb.
During the Sacramento Kings’ season opener, Bagley suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his right thumb. After an MRI, it was determined Bagley would be out of action for four-to-six weeks. As the three week mark nears, there’s still no timetable when the Kings big man will be game-ready.
Marvin Bagley said there is still no timetable for his return, but he's putting in work while recovering from a broken right thumb. Wednesday will be the 3 week mark of a 4-6 week injury window. Sounds like he's still 2 weeks out.
Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft. As a rookie, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and one block per game in 62 games. He is expected to be a big part of the Kings’ future, along with point guard De’Aaron Fox. Sacramento is looking to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2005-2006 season but they’re off to just a 3-6 start.
While most NBA fans were focused on the NBA Draft Thursday, Damian Lillard was busy dropping a diss track on Marvin Bagley III.
Bagley, who was a rookie for the Sacramento Kings last season, talked during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday about his rapping skills. He was asked about it by Max Kellerman and said he’s the best rapper in the NBA, better than Lillard.
The Portland Trail Blazers guard has widely been recognized as the best rapper in the league. He has released two albums under his rap name “Dame D.O.L.L.A.” and is planning to release a third this summer. His first album, The Letter O released in 2016, got as high as seventh on the rap/hip hop album charts.