are they gonna come back? injured 2010 draftees

When i was reading a few articles about the upcoming draft and compare certain players to fomer draftees, Terrico White's name came up, and i was wondering: what is that guy's status? I knew he was injured (broke his foot), and that made me look for others players whose rookie seasons got cut short by injuries. Here's the list (if i missed someone, please lemme know in the comments):

Terrico White, Pistons

His current status is unclear, the last thing i found was this article from March 18, 2011:

White just started practicing fully this week. So far, Pistons coach John Kuester likes what he sees.

"He’s starting to get into basketball shape," Kuester said. "I’m very pleased with his progress in practice. It’s good to have him on the court."

White is glad to be back as well.

"I’ve never had to sit out that long from an injury," White said. "I mean, it’s been hard. I’m still trying to learn by watching. ... It’s been five, six months. It’s been hard just sitting there watching them play."

Right now, White is focused on regaining the strength in his right leg. He said he still has some pain in his foot, but that Kander said that is normal.

"He said that comes with it," White said. "I’m just trying to tough it out and just trying to build up the strength in my leg. When I do that, I’ll be ready."

In case you don't remember White, check out his profile page here.

I think it depends mostly on who the Pistons new coach is going to be and which players remain on the roster.

White's contract is unguaranteed if he gets waived before or on July 18th.


Darington Hobson, Bucks

He got cut by the Bucks in december due to injuries (hip surgery). The last i found about him was that he had a second surgery on his other hip and that he hopes he can re-sign with the Bucks.

Darington Hobson, a 6'7'' forward and the 37th pick in the 2010 draft, has had successful surgery on both hips, is off of his crutches and will "seriously consider" re-signing with the Bucks (lockout allowing), the Racine Journal Times reported this weekend.

"They have been very good to Darington. And Daring likes it there," said Hobson's agent, Sid Lash. "We got to do our due diligence and find out if it's the right fit for the Bucks and for us.''


Unfortunately, the last thing the worst shooting team in the NBA needs is a 24-year-old coming off of two hip surgeries who shot worse than the 24-year-old they already have (Luc Mbah a Moute, a restricted free agent) and has yet to prove he can play the kind of in-your-face defense that Bucks coach Scott Skiles demands.

So while Hobson is seriously considering a return to the Bucks, it isn't clear why the Bucks would consider offering Hobson a contract and an invite to camp.

See his profile here.

Sounds like his chances won't be high to get a direct chance for an NBA team. I hope we will see him in the D-League though, he definately has enough talent to make an impact there.


Daniel Orton, Magic

The former Kentucky big man had injurie issues before the draft, and right after a promising D-League stint, he injured his left knee again.

Here's the newest i could find about him:

Orton hopes all of the waiting, loneliness and frustration of his rookie season help him earn consistent minutes as Dwight Howard’s backup next season, as he recently told the Sentinel.

But there’s much to learn before Orton is ready to play in his first NBA game.

He needs to cut his weight down. He’s listed at 255 pounds but weighs more than that.

His left knee, which forced him to miss his senior year of high school and most of this year, needs to get better. He tore his meniscus a little more than two years ago while a senior at Bishop McGuinness High in Oklahoma City, and then underwent arthroscopic surgery after his second D-League game this season.

The knee is OK now and hasn’t limited him in workouts, but he hasn’t played at full-speed with the team since the scope surgery in December.

His contract is fully guaranteed so he has not to worry about being cut. If the stays healthy i think he has a good chance to become a rotation guy at the end of next season (if there is one). I expect him to come back to the D-League first, but the Magic need a big guy behind Howard. If they can't find one trough trade, they may have to rely on Orton and hope he stays healthy.

Check out his profile for more info.


Hassan Whiteside, Kings

He was climbing up the draft boards and was even considered a lottery guy by some before last year's draft (thanks in part to his outstanding measurements). He then fell to the second round and proved the fact that he was very, very raw. His D-League stats don't exactly blow you away, and even worse, he injured his left knee and was out for the season. In March he had surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left knee.

I couldn't find anything about his current status, but his contract is guaranteed, and if he comes back healthy, the Kings have to make up their mind if they believe in his talents, or include his contracts in possible trade scenarios.

Here's his profile.


Elliott Williams, Blazers

He was one player i was really looking forward to see playing, sadly his season was cut short by a dislocated right patella. Here is a news update from March 2011 i found:

Rookie guard Elliot Williams, who underwent season-ending surgery on both of his knees, was given the green-light earlier this week to resume light basketball activities, ramp up his shooting and intensify weight-lifting sessions. When the Blazers went through Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Sunday, Williams visited with the doctor who performed his surgeries and received a clean bill of health.

"It went really well," Williams said of the visit. "He said my progress is very good. I can’t jump yet, but I can do everything else and I’m going to start pushing it pretty hard. So I’m excited."

A day after the checkup on Monday, Williams went through the most extensive workout since his surgeries — a 2 1/2-hour session that featured a slew of shooting drills, weight-lifting and cardiovascular work. The No. 22 overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft has been lifting weights for weeks to strengthen the areas around his repaired knees and he recently started doing light shooting.

But Monday marked the first time since surgery that he incorporated movement into his shooting — working off of screens, doing one-dribble pull-ups, etc. — and he also did some jogging.

"My legs felt a little weird because it had been so long, but it feels good," he said. "I actually shot the ball pretty well."

How well?

"He was making everything," said Chris Johnson, who worked out with Williams.

It's hard to believe that a player who mostly relied on his athletic abilties could come back as the same, but i really hope that he will come back strong. His guareteed contract gives him some saftey.

Check out his profile here.


I'm gonna include a poll to this because i wanna know what player you think will have the most impact if healthy.

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