This season has been plagued with awful injuries ever since day one, regardless of the players association’s biggest efforts to take care and protect players with the hard schedule they have to face a season in and season out.
Injuries are part of the game and that’s something most people just can’t help, no matter how much care they take or how much they try to avoid putting themselves in risky situations, they’re just going to happen.
Over the course of the campaign, we’ve seen some incredible talents fall down with injury and not be able to return to the hardwood this year, and today, we’re bound to honor them with our All Season-Ending Injury Team.
PG: Mike Conley
Mike Conley is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the league, constantly being snub from the All-Star game because his averages aren’t quite flashy as some fans would like after watching guys like Curry or Irving play.
Still, he’s a way above the average defender and a very complete scorer and defender, but he was only able to make 12 appearances this year with an Achilles injury, posting averages of 17.1 points and 4.1 dimes with 1 steal per contest.
SG: Patrick Beverley
Now that he finally didn’t have to share touches with James Harden, Patrick Beverley was playing the best ball of his career, but a knee injury has kept him on the shelves for most of the year, only being able to suit up in 11 matchups.
Putting season averages of 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game, Beverley was supposed to run the Clippers offense as their starting point guard, even shooting 40% from three-point territory.
SF: Gordon Hayward
Just 5 minutes into his Boston Celtics debut, Gordon Hayward suffered one of the most devastating and shocking injuries we’ve ever seen, following a career year with averages of 21.9 points, 5.4 boards and 3.5 dimes with 1 steal per matchup.
Still, Hayward has put a lot of work to make a healthy comeback the upcoming campaign, taking a lot of shots, swimming and showing a very positive attitude regarding this scary injury that even jeopardized his entire career.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis is the most recent member of this undesired club, as the Unicorn just suffered a torn ACL injury against the Milwaukee Bucks and had to be escorted to back to the locker room with a lot of discomfort in his face and leaving the Knicks franchise even worse than they were.
Porzingis was set to make the All-Star team and he was having a hell of a season despite his team’s struggles, putting season averages of 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 dimes and 2.4 blocks per game on almost 40% from downtown.
C: DeMarcus Cousins
This one has to be one of the awful stories of them all, as Cousins was a lock to finally make his playoffs debut and was leading the New Orleans Pelicans to the postseason with one of the most hard-nosed one-two punches in the league alongside Anthony Davis.
To make things even worse, Boogie is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so that left Achilles tear may take a major toll on the kind of offer he may receive during the offseason. Before falling down with an injury, he was having a monster season with averages of 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.