This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.
Jeff Stotts, certified athletic trainer and RotoWire's injury guru, checks in on the injuries impacting fantasy basketball leading up to the resumption of the 2019-20 season July 30.
A mere five days before league play was halted, Antetokounmpo suffered a knee injury following a dunk. The injury was ultimately diagnosed as a "minor joint capsule sprain" and Antetokounmpo did not play in Milwaukee's final two games.
The joint capsule of the knee is an intricate covering that engulfs the joint and includes the kneecap, both menisci, several bursa sacs, and multiple stabilizing ligaments of the knee. The capsule is involved in active and passive stabilization of the knee while playing a key role in motion.
Most capsule injuries involve the outer portion of the knee. This area is particularly complex and includes the iliotibial tract (IT band), lateral meniscus, as well as an assortment of tendons and ligaments. Unfortunately, this design makes the lateral capsule vulnerable to injury. Additionally, isolated capsule injuries are relatively uncommon and most injuries to the area are accompanied by additional damage to the surrounding structures. Thankfully, it appears Antetokounmpo avoided any serious damage and the team had hoped a brief layoff would allow him to return. The league hiatus extended that short timeline and now Milwaukee is reporting that their MVP is "completely and totally healthy." Look for Giannis to pick up right where he left off as one of the league's top talents and a versatile fantasy option.