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Ranking the NBA players sitting out the league’s restart

22 NBA teams are headed to Orlando for the league’s restart of the 2019-20 season, beginning July 30. However, not all players will be attending the conclusion of the season. Some have opted out regarding lingering concerns with the coronavirus, while others are sitting out due to injury.

Let’s review which players are sitting out the NBA’s reboot.

1. Bradley Beal, Wizards

Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has chosen to sit out the NBA’s reboot due to an injury in his right rotator cuff. 

The NBA’s second-leading scorer, Beal produced career-bests per-game clips of 30.5 points and 6.1 assists. The two-time All-Star played through the injury before the pandemic suspended the season, but his ailment “worsened over the course of the hiatus.” 

2. LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs

San Antonio Spurs star big man LaMarcus Aldridge underwent shoulder surgery, ending his 2019-20 season. While the surgery was not announced until June, the seven-time All-Star actually had the procedure on April 24.

Aldridge, 35, registered 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.

3. Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Following a positive testing for Covid-19, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie will sit out the NBA’s resumption. Team doctors thought it was best for Dinwiddie not to play in Orlando.

Dinwiddie enjoyed his best season as a pro, logging career-bests in points (20.6) and assists (6.8).

4. Bojan Bogdanovic, Jazz

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic underwent season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured ligament on his right wrist during the hiatus. 

Bogdanovic signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Jazz in the offseason. The 31-year-old scored 20.2 points per contest, shooting 44.7% from the field (41.4% on 3’s) and 90.3% on free throws.

5. Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo will close the books on a forgettable year, declining to join the Indiana Pacers as they enter the 2020 postseason.

The shooting guard appeared in 13 games this year, recovering from a gruesome ruptured quad tendon injury he suffered back in January 2019. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a career-low 25.9 minutes per contest.

Oladipo plans to rehab this summer in hopes of being fully healthy for the 2020-21 campaign. Had Oladipo not been banged up, he would be near the top of this list.

6. Davis Bertans, Wizards

Davis Bertans opted out of the Orlando restart, officially ending his career year. The 6-10 forward averaged a career-high 15.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting from 3-point range, the seventh-best mark in the league.

An impending free agent, Bertans shut down his season as a preventative measure

7. DeAndre Jordan, Nets

Nets backup center DeAndre Jordan opted against playing in the NBA restart after testing positive for Covid-19.

Jordan, a one-time All-Star who signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Nets in the offseason, averaged 8.3 points and 10 rebounds in 56 games (six starts) this season. 

8. Avery Bradley, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley cited family concerns for sitting out the restart. His six-year-old son, Liam, has struggled with respiratory issues in the past and likely would have not been able to join the Orlando bubble as a result.

Bradley, one of the league’s best on-ball defenders, started 44 games for the Lakers. He averaged just 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds, but provided strong defense on the wing.

9. Willie Cauley-Stein, Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein, who was traded from the Golden State Warriors in January, will not play in the restarted season. Cauley-Stein and his partner are expecting a newborn baby in July. In addition, Cauley-Stein has a sickle cell trait.

Cauley-Stein appeared in 13 games (two starts) for the Mavs, producing 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds a night.

10. Trevor Ariza, Trail Blazers

Acquired by the Portland Trail Blazer in a midseason trade, Trevor Ariza will not finish the season in the Orlando bubble. Instead, he will use the time to visit his 12-year-old son during a one-month visitation window. He is in a custody battle with his son’s mother.

Ariza, 34, started all 21 games he appeared in for the Trail Blazers, posting 11 points and 4.8 rebounds on 40 percent shooting from 3-point territory. Before the trade to Portland, Ariza played 32 games (zero starts) with the Sacramento Kings.

11. Gerald Green, Free Agent

It turns out Gerald Green will not suit up for a single game this season. After re-signing with the Houston Rockets in the offseason, Green broke his foot in October, sidelining him before he ever got the chance to take the court this year. He was dealt at the trade deadline to the Denver Nuggets, who released him.

The 34-year-old was medically cleared to play and had multiple offers on the table, but turned them down. He will sit out the restart, due to family concerns. Green plans to continue his playing career next season.

12. Wilson Chandler, Nets

Chandler missed the first 25 games of the season after testing positive for a banned substance in August. He appeared in 35 games for the Nets, averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest.  

Mostly a reserve player, Chandler started Brooklyn’s last three games—all wins for the Nets—before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the season.

Chandler is a free agent this summer.

13. Thabo Sefolosha, Rockets

Houston Rockets swingman Thabo Sefolosha decided against playing in the NBA restart. He was not a major fixture in the rotation, averaging 10.6 minutes per game.

The Rockets are bringing back Luc Mbah a Moute—who last played for Houston during the 2017-18 season—to serve as Sefolosha’s replacement.