Cam Reddish, the 20-year-old rookie of the Atlanta Hawks, did not play in Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons due to a left wrist sprain.
Apparently, the injury is still not resolved, as the former Duke Blue Devil is also questionable in the Hawks’ Saturday night game against the defending champion Toronto Raptors.
Reddish was drafted at No. 10 overall by the Hawks via the draft pick the team acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Luka Doncic trade. Despite that deal seemingly working out for both sides, a low-level lottery pick — in the abstract — seems like a small price to pay for an MVP-level player like Doncic.
It is especially hard to decipher the value when looking at how Reddish has played this season. Of course, as a raw rookie, Reddish was not expected to come in and be the savior of the Hawks this season, especially with Trae Young doing his best to carry the team in the absence of his running mates John Collins due to suspension and Kevin Huerter due to injury.
After a disappointing freshman season with Duke after being the No. 2 recruit out of high school (ahead of Zion Williamson), Reddish has continued to pose concerns about his feel on the offensive end.
Though his defensive work has been severely underrated, Reddish’s player impact plus/minus per BBall Index is the lowest in the entire NBA with a -4.9 in that category — a full 1.1 lower than fellow rookie Jordan Poole’s.
It’s early days, so Reddish will likely be given every opportunity to succeed, but this injury will likely not help matters this season.