SACRAMENTO -- Rookie Marvin Bagley dodged a bullet. The 19-year-old phenom went down in a heap clutching his left knee in the waning moments of the third quarter Wednesday evening in the Kings' overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He was in noticeable pain as he was helped off the court and into the locker room by Harry Giles and Kosta Koufos.
Following an MRI on Thursday morning, the news is about as good as you can expect for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. According to the Kings, Bagley suffered a sprained left knee and will be reevaluated in approximately 1-2 weeks.
The report could have been much worse. Sacramento’s medical staff was seen immobilizing the knee with a straight brace in the locker room following the game. Bagley left the room without comment, but his father posted an update Thursday morning via Instagram.
This is the second injury to the same knee this season for the former Duke star. The last one cost him 12 games, but it also involved a bone bruise in the joint.
Bagley was a clearly a candidate for the NBA’s Rookie of the Month Award for February. Coming into the Bucks game, he was averaging 18.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 30.4 minutes through the first nine games of the month.
He’s become an integral piece to the Kings’ rotation this season and he’s continued to improve throughout the year.