Kings’ Marvin Bagley III (foot) making progress, but still far from returning
Marvin Bagley has not had the start to his sophomore campaign that he would have hoped. Bagley is reportedly ruled out of the Sacramento Kings next game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to a foot injury and has been available for just nine games throughout the entire season.
Sean Cunningham of ABC10 recently shared an update on Bagley’s status via head coach Luke Walton.
Marvin Bagley III was able to get some shots up today at practice, but Kings coach Luke Walton said he’s not ready yet and will not play on Saturday vs. Pelicans.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) January 3, 2020
In the season opener against the Phoenix Suns, Marvin Bagley injured his thumb and proceeded to be sidelined for 22 games. He would return to play merely eight games before injuring his foot and has now missed Sacramento’s previous 4 contests.
During the nine games the Bagley has played this season, there has not been the evident jump in his game that many Kings’ fans would have hoped to see from the second overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. He is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds on 45.9-percent from the field and a subpar 21.4-percent from behind the arc. But, it is hard to judge the young talent on such a small sample size.
The Kings are fresh off an eight-game losing streak, having finally notched a win in their most recent showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies. They have struggled to rework franchise player De’Aaron Fox back into the rotation and Bagley missing extended time is slowing the long-term development of an extremely raw prospect.