74 Reasons to Get Excited for the 74th NBA Season: Reason 59

Brandon Roy’s return from injury

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In his five-year career, Brandon Roy has put up some stellar numbers – 19.0 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game – with the Portland Trailblazers after being drafted with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves (and quickly traded to Portland). He earned Rookie of the Year honors, while also being selected to three straight All-Star games from 2008-2010. However, with Roy’s latest list of injuries, those accolades seem somewhat in the distant past. Roy underwent surgeries on both knees last season, and ever since the operations, the crafty scoring guard from Washington hasn’t been able to find his groove. Understandably, Roy’s numbers have dropped since getting accustomed to the game again after a lengthy layoff, but his 12.2 points per game in 47 games (23 starts) last season were by far the lowest numbers of his career. Anytime a player is faced with a knee injury his progress in returning will be somewhat limited. But for Roy, talks have surfaced about his career being in jeopardy in the upcoming years. According to a report from the The Oregonian on Bleacher Report, one surgeon noted the ballplayer might not have many years left in the league. Just entering his prime at 27 years of age, it’s disheartening to see the 6-6, 215 lb. guard be limited due to injuries. He’s a stat-sheet filler who possess a unique scoring ability and shoots the ball extremely well. He also has the ability to be a game changer and a player that can hit a clutch bucket when need be. Unfortunately, the knee injuries could hold Roy back and disguise a career that never was able to fully blossom. Hopefully that isn’t the case. And with the possibility of a shortened season giving Roy some extra rest, maybe that’s exactly what the Trail Blazer could use in moving forward in the NBA.

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