Five great players who missed the entire 2021/22 NBA season
A two-time NBA Finals MVP features as we pick five stars who missed the entire 2021/22 regular and post-season.
Kawhi Leonard - Los Angeles Clippers
Leonard suffered a somewhat mysterious injury during the 2021 playoffs. He had injured his knee, but the Los Angeles Clippers did not confirm how badly he was hurt, as some fans held hope that he would return in the post-season.
He did not come back, and he still hasn't, as he suffered a torn ACL. The Clippers failed to make the playoffs after losing in the play-in tournament to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Without Leonard, Paul George - who had injury concerns himself - had to step up, and typically, he was unavailable for the crunch play-in match against the Pelicans after entering Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan’s CLUTCH sequence to send the Spurs back to the Finals. (2014) pic.twitter.com/ITQMb305P7— Hilltop Hoops (@HilltopNBA) May 28, 2022
Jamal Murray - Denver Nuggets
The king of the 2020 Orlando Bubble, Murray had emerged as a top player in the league before suffering an ACL injury.
After averaging 26.5 PPG in the 19/20 post-season, Murray carried his form into the next campaign before it was ended in his 48th game.
On this day one year ago, Jamal Murray got emotional after dropping 50 points to keep the Nuggets alive in the bubble pic.twitter.com/8VQjQA3VYA— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) August 30, 2021
John Wall - Houston Rockets
It was confirmed in November that the ex-All-Star would not play for the Rockets due to a disagreement over his role in the team. Wall wanted to be a starter, meanwhile, the organisation was hoping he would come off the bench. So this answers the question: 'Why is John Wall not playing?'
Playmaking:— 𝒞𝒮 (@ClassySpeaks) May 29, 2022
John Wall’s Playmaking Was Ridiculous
Had A 15 Box Creation(Ranked Top 12 All Time) Box creation is a stat that tracks creation for teammates.
8.5 Passer Rating which is also a stat that tracks passing quality.
Purely Just One Of Most Talented Passers Of All Time pic.twitter.com/PbU3ZfPcci
Zion Williamson - New Orleans Pelicans
People forgot how great Zion Williamson is 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/x4E9jp8qD7— Blue Devils (@BlueDevils) June 1, 2022