This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.
The 2018-19 season has come to a close with the NBA surrendering over 5,000 man games lost to injury or illness. This lofty total doesn't include numerous games given off for "load management," a term Fantasy basketball owners have come to despise. It's never too early to begin focusing on next year, so let's take a look at a few players who will spend the offseason overcoming injuries that prematurely ended their season.
Jrue Holiday, Pelicans
Holiday is the perfect example of how perception regarding a player's durability can be changed. The point guard was once considered an injury liability, missing 90 games over a two-year stretch. A recurring stress fracture in his right tibia was the primary reason for Holiday's multiple absences and somewhat unfairly earned him the "injury-prone" label.
However, Holiday would go on to miss just 21 games over the next three years and become a perennial top-50 Fantasy option. He raised his value again this season before an injury, unrelated to his previous leg issues, cost him the final 15 games of the year.
Holiday suffered an abdominal strain that eventually required surgery to mend. The procedure was a core muscle repair, a procedure once known as sports hernia surgery. The term sports hernia is a bit misleading, as the injury rarely involved a true herniation. Fortunately, the surgery has a high success rate, and there is no reason to think Holiday will be limited entering the 2019-20 season.
Brandon Ingram, Lakers