NBA Season Preview 2022-23: 5 gamers seeking to shed injury-prone label

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As the 2022-23 NBA season quickly approaches, we check out a number of the players who’re especially hoping to remain healthy and on the court this yr.

The outdated adage “availability is the best ability” holds a lot of fact within the NBA.

While helpful and clever words from the bench are nice, they pale compared to being out on the courtroom and really playing ball. Unfortunately, some injury-prone players are already again on the mend: Lonzo Ball, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Robert Williams have all undergone latest surgical procedure. It will be a while until they’re ready to play basketball again.

Below are five gamers that want to keep away from a similar destiny, hoping to shed that injury-prone label as soon as and for all.

Who is looking to shed injury-prone histories for a healthy NBA season?

5. Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat

Victor Oladipo hasn’t performed greater than 36 video games in a season since 2017-18 when he ascended to All-Star status because the league’s Most Improved Player. Everything changed in Jan. 2019 when he ruptured his quad, a possible career-ending damage. Two trades later and in just his fourth sport with the Heat in April 2021, he ruptured the identical quad again. Less than a 12 months later, Oladipo was again on the courtroom, dunking on the very Rockets that traded him to Miami.

Dipo is back with the Heat on a present two-year cope with a participant choice in the second 12 months. In Game 5 of final season’s first-round playoff sequence towards the Atlanta Hawks, Oladipo scored a team-high 23 factors, leading the Heat to a win without Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry. He would have one other 23-point sport within the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, and his four steals in Game 3 were a big-time contribution to the Heat’s victory in Boston that night time.

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