Killian Hayes will be out for a while with painful hip injury
The Detroit Pistons will be without rookie point guard Killian Hayes for the foreseeable future after it was confirmed that the seventh overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft has sustained a significant hip injury.
This report comes via Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Detroit Pistons rookie Killian Hayes has suffered a labral tear in his hip, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Hayes, the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft, sustained the injury on a drive to the basket in Milwaukee on Monday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2021
The Pistons fell to the Bucks on Monday, 125-115, and as it turns out, it came at quite a cost for Detroit, too. Hayes just managed 13 minutes against Milwaukee, as the 19-year-old was forced to exit the game after falling hard on a drive to the hoop. As the report states above, the situation has become sort of a worst-case scenario for Hayes and the Pistons.
Hayes has been starting at the point guard spot for the Pistons this season, and head coach Dwane Casey will now need to tweak his rotation in light of this recent development. Derrick Rose appears to be in line to man the starting PG spot in Hayes’ absence, but it also wouldn’t be a complete surprise if Casey opts to start Delon Wright. Rose isn’t exactly the most durable of players, and at 32, it remains to be seen if he can still handle starter minutes at this point in his career.
In seven starts for the Pistons this season, Hayes has put up averages of 4.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. He continues to be a work in progress, and unfortunately for him, this recent injury might serve as a huge considerable block to his development.