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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Articles tagged: Marvin Bagley III

Still no timetable on Marvin Bagley’s return from thumb injury

Marvin Bagley III

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.

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.

Marvin Bagley expected to miss 4-6 weeks with right thumb injury

Marvin Bagley

The Sacramento Kings were hit with the double whammy on Wednesday night.

Not only did they lose their season-opening game 124-95 to the Phoenix Suns, but they also are losing Marvin Bagley III due to injury.

The Kings announced on Thursday that an MRI showed Bagley has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Bagley had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes in the game.

The No. 2 overall pick by the Kings out of Duke last year, Bagley averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game last season as a rookie. The team drafted Bagley over Luka Doncic, which went against previous head coach Dave Joerger’s preference.

Damian Lillard drops diss track on Marvin Bagley after being challenged

Damian Lillard

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.

Bagley even dropped a song on Thursday to prove his point.

A few hours later, Lillard responded with a song in which he made plenty of references to Bagley’s youth.

Lillard was asked by fans on Twitter why he dropped the track and shared the reason.

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.

Marvin Bagley in brace after suffering left knee injury

Marvin Bagley

This was the last thing the Sacramento Kings needed entering the stretch run of the regular season.

Rookie Marvin Bagley III suffered a left knee injury on a screen late in the third quarter of the Kings’ 141-140 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Bagley did not return to the game. The Kings later announced that the rookie had a left knee sprain and would undergo an MRI on Thursday.

Bagley was seen with a brace on his left leg as he exited the locker room.

Bagley had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes during the game. He is averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season.

Kings coach offers high praise for De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley

Dave Joerger

Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger set the bar very high regarding his expectations for Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox.

Last year, the Kings used the No. 5 overall pick to select Fox as their point guard. In this year’s draft, Sacramento drafted Bagley No. 2 overall. Joerger thinks it’s not out of the question for the two to become the next Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

Joerger’s comments came in response to those who thought his comments on Sunday implied he wished the team had drafted Luka Doncic instead of Bagley.

Westbrook and Durant formed one of the most prolific pairings in NBA history. Neither Fox nor Bagley have scratched the surface of their potential. However, both have impressed this season and the Kings are off to a surprising 16-14 start. Getting the Kings to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 would be a good first step in emulating the former Thunder duo.

10 early NBA Rookie of the Year candidates

Luka Doncic

We’re a third of the way through the NBA season, and a number of players have staked an early claim for postseason hardware. Recently, we reviewed 10 early candidates for MVP.

Though no rookie will enter that conversation this season (the last rookie to win the award was Wes Unseld in 1968-69), a few first-year players look like future MVP candidates. Here are 10 rookies who have gotten off to a hot start – the leading candidates, at this point, to win Rookie of the Year.

10. Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

Bridges made an interesting decision choosing to return to Michigan State for his sophomore year. Though he had a solid season, he didn’t help his draft stock, and he may have hurt it slightly. A top prospect out of high school, he fell to No. 12 in the draft. In his rookie campaign, Bridges isn’t putting up jaw-dropping numbers — 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. But he’s playing 20 minutes a night for a surprisingly good Charlotte team (currently No. 6 in the East), and he’s shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Last week, he dropped a career-high 16 points and connected on three of his six three-point attempts. Look for his role in James Borrego’s offense to continue to increase.

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Top 10 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates

Luka Doncic

Ben Simmons entered the 2017-18 season as Vegas’ favorite to win that year’s Rookie of the Year award – and he made the sportsbooks look wise. Simmons looked ready to dominate at the ripe age of 21, averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game and helping the Sixers mount a late charge for East supremacy.

Many predicted the Aussie would claim that award, but few expected he’d be jockeying for the honor with Donovan Mitchell, who inexplicably fell to No. 13 in the 2017 draft. Jayson Tatum (the No. 3 pick) came in third, and though a fourth finalist wasn’t announced, we imagine Kyle Kuzma (No. 27) would’ve checked in next on the list.

So, which young star will shine the brightest this year? Here are 10 incoming rookies we think have the best shot of taking home the hardware in June 2019.

10. Harry Giles, Sacramento Kings

It seems everyone has forgotten about Giles, a top-three recruit in the Class of 2016 (the others at the top: Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson). Everyone, that is, except for the Kings, who have sung his praises this offseason. After sitting out his rookie season, Giles made his debut at Summer League and performed well, consistently posting double-doubles and showing impressive ability to protect the rim. Vince Carter, who spent last season with Giles, recently told me he was surprised the Kings would go after another big (Marvin Bagley III) because Giles is going to be a problem. Expect a Harry Giles comeback story this season.

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