Nets’ Isaiah Whitehead to undergo wrist surgery
Nets Guard Isaiah Whitehead who had carved himself out a nice little role on the team will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury that required surgery.
Sources: Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead will undergo surgery to repair a ligament injury in his right wrist. Whitehead has shown promise as a rotation guard for Brooklyn.
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According to the Brooklyn Nets team website:
“Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead underwent successful surgery today to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A timetable for his return to basketball activity will be determined at a later date.”
For Whitehead, he has bounced between the Nets and the Long Island Nets, the G League affiliate. With Brooklyn, he played in 13 games averaging 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He only averaged 11.2 minutes per game with the NBA team so he would get sent down from time to time to get more playing time.
With Long Island, he averaged 22.3 points per game and showed the promise of a guard that could be around for a long time in this league.
The one big improvement for Whiteside this year has been from deep. Last year he only shot 29.5 percent from deep and this year that number has improved to 38.9 percent from deep. Although he didn’t take as many three-pointers this year he has been taken better shots which has really improved this game.
This year he has also learned how to play as the second guard and learned how to play without the ball in his hand. With these new skills, and a fully healed wrist he should have a spot on next years Nets team.