Injuries have become a big problem for NBA teams. One bright spot with injuries is that lesser-known players are given the opportunity to show their skills.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explains how the rise in injuries across the league has impacted the rankings.
“We’ve seen an incredible pile-up over the last few days, which is really affecting some teams that we see as serious championship contenders,” said Windhorst.
“These influence the lead in the table, they allow teams like Washington [Wizards] and indiana [Pacers] to sneak up there. The Sacramento Kings were healthy and crept up the standings.”
“Now we’re getting a setback there as injuries are piling up across the league.”
Windhorst pointed out that the injuries would have allowed less talented teams to excel. Most teams in the league are struggling with injuries. But some struggle more than others. This has led to some unexpected results.
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Which team in the NBA has no injured players?
According to Covers.com, the Sacramento Kings are the only team without an injured player. That explains why they were so successful. The Kings have a record of 10-6 and have won seven games in a row. But you can’t measure their success by the health of the squad. They deserve credit for how they play.
The Kings have given their best even against strong teams. During their winning streak, they’ve beaten high-profile teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, and Memphis Grizzlies. These are all playoff-caliber teams with championship aspirations.
If they stay healthy, the Kings could have home advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Top 5 NBA stars injured this season
Here are the top five players in the NBA to stand on the sidelines due to injury.
#5 Chris Paul
Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul suffered a heel injury during a game against the Philadelpha 76ers on Nov. 7. He has missed seven games in a row. There is no timetable for his return.
#4 Chris Middleton
Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton has not played a game this season due to a wrist injury. Middleton was assigned to the G-League’s Wisconsin Herd for conditioning purposes today. He is expected to return to the Bucks’ lineup in the coming days.
#3 LaMelo bullet
Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball has missed four straight games after injuring his ankle again last week against the Indiana Pacers. Ball missed the first 13 games of the season due to the same ankle injury. He appeared in just three games before returning to the sidelines.
LA Lakers star LeBron James has missed five straight games with a left adductor strain. The 18-time All-Star sustained the injury in a loss to the LA Clippers on Nov. 9. The Lakers are 3-2 in his absence.
#1 Kawhi Leonard
LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has missed most of the season with a knee injury. He’s averaged just 22.4 minutes in five games. Twice he came from the bank. Leonard returns to action tonight against the Golden State Warriors.
Also read: LeBron James Injury Update: The LA Lakers star returns Friday against the San Antonio Spurs from injury