NBA Preseason Injury Updates
Justin Fensterman gives you the complete rundown of all the NBA injuries you need to know before heading into your fantasy basketball drafts.
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|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Russell Westbrook||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||Westbrook is practicing but is not cleared for full contact and there's a chance he will have to miss the start of the season. Dennis Schroder could be looking at heavy minutes early.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||No Timetable||Cousins is lightly practicing after having surgery on his Achilles. It has been said that he'll be out at least the first month of the season and won't be rushed. Jordan Bell should be the primary fill-in.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Knee||No Timetable||This is a tricky one because if the Knicks are competing by January-February, they will bring Porzingis back, but he could be held out for the entire season. Rookie Kevin Knox will fill-in along with Noah Vonleh .|
|Devin Booker||PHX||Hand||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Booker could be ready to go for the Suns opener next week. He's practicing and shooting which is a great sign. If he needs to miss a few games, Troy Daniels will fill in.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||All signs are pointing for him to be ready to go as he's just dealing with soreness in his Knee. Kevon Looney will see more minutes if Green can't go. The Coaches expect him to be ready.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Back||No Timetable||Howard has had a sore back all preseason and it's not a lock that he will start the season active. If the soreness doesn't go away Ian Mahinmi will likely start in his place.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Dragic is dealing with Knee issues, but it's looking like he should be ready to go for opening night. If he can't go, Tyler Johnson should see more minutes.|
|Harrison Barnes||DAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Barnes could miss the start of the season if he can't practice in full prior to the Mavs opener. Dwight Powell will fill in if Barnes can't go.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Elbow||4-6 Weeks||Markkanen will miss the first month of the season and while he is out Bobby Portis will be the primary fill-in option with Jabari Parker playing minutes at PF as well.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Ankle||No Timetable||Dedmon could miss the start of the season with an Ankle injury. Alex Len will Miles Plumlee will pick up minutes if he's out.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Crabbe's status to start the season active is very much in question as he's having trouble putting pressure on his Ankle. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris should see more minutes early.|
|James Johnson||MIA||Hernia||DAY TO DAY||There is doubt that Johnson starts the seaon on the active roster and that could mean more minutes and a few starts for Kelly Olynyk . Justise Winslow can also shift to PF.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray will miss the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills will see a ton of minutes starting in his place.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Knee||No Timetable||Bogdanovic could miss the first few weeks of the season as he's far from taking full contact. Yogi Ferrell should see more playing time and a possible start while he's out.|
|Rondae Hollis-Jefferson||BKN||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||RHJ is feeling better but he's not taking full contact yet and if he has to miss the start of the season, the Nets could insert Ed Davis , or shift DeMarre Carroll up and put Caris LeVert at SF.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||With Thomas likely to miss the start of the season, Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris could see some back up PG minutes.|
|Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||Ankle||No Timetable||Nowitzki could miss the first few weeks of the season and reports are indicating that he's not close to coming back. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber could see more minutes early.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Health has not been on Jackson's side for years and after hurting his Groin on Wednesday, the Pistons don't seem too concerned. If he isn't ready for opening night Ish Smith should get the start in his place.|
|Mohamed Bamba||ORL||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Bamba had an MRI on his Wrist and the Magic are not that concerned about his status for opening night but if he does miss time Timofey Mozgov could see minutes early. Yikes!|
|Delon Wright||TOR||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Wright hurt his Thigh on Wednesday and the Raptors think it's a minor injury. If he can't start the season active, Fred VanVleet will pick up playing time.|
|Courtney Lee||NY||Neck||No Timetable||At this point, it doesn't seem likely that Lee will be active on opening night. The Knicks will likely put Lance Thomas in the starting lineup in his place. Mario Hezonja will also see more minutes.|
|Maurice Harkless||POR||Knee/Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Harkless is sore in multiple areas and it's undetermined whether or not he will start the season active. Evan Turner (if healthy) could draw starts early. Gary Trent Jr. and Jake Layman could see more playing time.|
|Cedi Osman||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Osman is dealing with Ankle soreness and the Cavs aren't too worried about his status for opening night. Kyle Korver and and Larry Nance Jr. could see more playing time if he can't go.|
|Cory Joseph||IND||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Joseph's status for opening night is currently up in the air and Aaron Holiday and Tyreke Evans will play more minutes if he's not ready.|
|Rodney Hood||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||The Cavs aren't too worried about Hood's Ankle but health isn't exactly on his side. If he can’t start the season active, a combination of Jordan Clarkson , George Hill , Collin Sexton and Kyle Korver will pick up PT.|
|Wilson Chandler||PHI||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||It is unlikely that Chandler will be active to start the season. Furkan Korkmaz will likely pick up the bulk of the back up minutes and when the Sixers want to play w/ a bigger lineup, Mike Muscala will see more PT.|
|Evan Turner||POR||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||The Blazers don't seem too concerned, but if Turner has to miss the start of the season, Jake Layman and Gary Trent Jr. could see more minutes early.|
|Marquese Chriss||HOU||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Chriss could miss the start of the season and if he's out, P.J. Tucker, James Ennis III and Nene could see more playing time early with one of them likely to draw the start.|
|Dion Waiters||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Waiters is coming back from surgery and he'll likely have to start the season on the shelf and if he can't go, Wayne Ellington , Dwayne Wade and Rodney McGruder will see more minutes.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||2-3 Months||Roberson is not recovering and he will start the season inactive. This could mean more minutes for Dennis Schroder , Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson (if healthy).|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute||LAC||Calf||DAY TO DAY||He's had to miss a few preseason games but the Clippers aren't too concerned. If he can't start the season active, Montrezl Harrell , Mike Scott and Wesley Johnson can see more playing time.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||It's not looking good right now for Valentine when it comes to his status for opening night and if he can't go, Justin Holiday will see more back up minutes early.|
|Kosta Koufos||SAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Koufos could miss the start of the regular season and the Kings have a ton of big men. Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica will see more playing time if he can't go.|
|Shabazz Napier||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Napier could miss the start of the regular season and if he can't suit up, Spencer Dinwiddie will see even more playing time as the primary back up PG.|
|Terrence Ross||ORL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||There is a chance Ross could be held out to start the season and that could mean more minutes for Jonathon Simmons and Jerian Grant .|
|Michael Carter-Williams||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||If the swelling in his Knee doesn't go down and he has to start the season inactive, Eric Gordon will see more playing time.|
|Justin Anderson||ATL||Tibia||No Timetable||Anderson continues to deal with injuries dating back to last season and if he isn't ready for opening night, DeAndre Bembry could see more playing time.|
|Jerryd Bayless||PHI||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Bayless could be out for even longer and T.J. McConnell could pick up more minutes. Markelle Fultz will also pick up more playing time with Bayless out.|
|Terrance Ferguson||OKC||Concussion||No Timetable||Ferguson must be cleared from Concussion protocol before he see's the court. With Andre Roberson out, Alex Abrines could see more minutes early.|
|Jahlil Okafor||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Okafor is not only battling issues on the court, but off the court as well as he has been suffering from anxiety and depression. Alexis Ajinca will see more minutes if he's not ready to go.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Hamstring||2-3 Weeks||Neto will start the season on the shelf and this could lead to more playing time for Dante Exum and Alec Burks early on.|
|D.J. Wilson||MIL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||If Wilson can't start the season active, Ersan Ilyasova will pick up more playing time.|
|Zhou Qi||HOU||Knee||No Timetable||Qi was unable to put any pressure on his Knee when he got hurt Tuesday and had to be carted off the floor. Nene could be seeing heavy back up minutes early on.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||2-3 Months||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot and with him out for a couple of months, T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time.|
|Justin Patton||MIN||Foot||No Timetable||Patton had surgery on his foot and it is undetermined when he'll be back. Gorgui Dieng has less competition for playing time because Patton is out.|
|Omer Asik||CHI||Arthritis||No Timetable||With Asik out indefinitely, Cristiano Felicio should pick up back up minutes. Wendell Carter Jr. will see more playing time early.|
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G. Antetokounmpo - SF
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E. Bledsoe - PG
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M. Brogdon - SG
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N. Mirotic - PF
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K. Middleton - SF
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F. VanVleet - PG
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