Zion Time? Week 10 NBA Injury Report

Sam Schwartz Jan 3rd 2:12 PM EST.

It is now 2020 and Zion Williamson has yet to log a single minute in his ridiculously hyped NBA career. Could the high flying Pelican return to action and provide consistent fantasy production? Today we discuss Williamson's potential return, as well as other key injuries that could shift fantasy leagues.

Zion Williamson

Expected Return: Mid January

Watching Williamson play basketball is truly an awe-inspiring sight. The 6'6'' bulldozer entered the league as the Rookie of the Year favorite, yet knee surgery forced the Duke phenom off the floor to begin the season. Williamson's preseason domination, in which he averaged 23 PPG while shooting 71 percent from the field, demonstrates the young big is already capable of elite production when on the floor. If Williamson's health allows him to return to the level of play that won over American households and NBA scouts alike, expect fantasy starter level consistency to close out his rookie campaign.

Kyrie Irving

Expected Return: Within the Next Two Weeks

In retrospect, Irving's first season at the Barclays Center fits right in line with his confusing NBA legacy. The polarizing superstar has seemingly spent more time questioning his reality than his ability to reenter Brooklyn's starting lineup, and therefore spent the entirety of December in street clothes. Irving's elusiveness and a bottomless bag of tricks are likely to keep the floor general at an all-star level upon his return, and therefore fantasy owners should continue to check his availability.

Kristaps Porzingis

Expected Return: Within the Next Week

Porzingis' play was already trending downwards before he was diagnosed with a knee injury that has kept him out of Dallas' last two contests. Injuries have always been the primary concern with the unicorn, and it seems that even when he is on the floor his energy is inconsistent at best. On a perfect day, Porzingis' towering size and perimeter shooting make him a threat to take over any matchup, yet putting together consistent stretches of elite play remains an issue. When healthy, the Latvian Lizard is simply too talented for fantasy owners to sit, yet remain wary of Porzingis' offensive inconsistency.

D'Angelo Russell

Expected Return: Within the Next Week

As the de facto star of the new-look Warriors, Russell has been handed the keys to Golden State's offense and has put up monster scoring numbers due to his high usage rate. Before a shoulder injury that has kept the former Buckeye out of the Warriors last two games, Russell had topped 30 points on back-to-back nights to close out 2019. With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson not expected to return in the near future, Russell should maintain the offensive freedoms necessary to remain a viable starting option for fantasy owners following his return.

Marvin Bagley III

Expected Return: Within the Next Week

Similar to Porzingis, Bagley has long been talented enough to provide fantasy owners with starter-level production, yet has lacked the health and consistency to assert himself as a trustworthy option. Only two years removed from being the second overall pick, Bagley's athleticism and ability to control the interior are building blocks towards an eventual all-star ascension. As for this season, Bagley's return to the floor gives fantasy owners a consistent double-double machine that deserves starter consideration.


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