Suns’ Frank Kaminsky sidelined indefinitely with patella fracture
Phoenix Suns big man Frank Kaminsky will be out definitely due to a right patella stress fracture, according to the team. As of right now, there is no timetable for his return, with the Suns noting that he will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Kaminsky has not played since initially suffering the injury during his team’s win over the Sacramento Kings back on Dec. 28.
The 26-year-old has started 13 of the 32 games he has played this season, averaging 11 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 22.4 minutes per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free-throw line.
Kaminsky is in his first season with Phoenix after signing with the club via free agency this past summer.
The Lisle, Il. native, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Wisconsin, was originally selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.
He played in 81 games (primarily off the bench) during his rookie campaign, registering 7.5 points and 4.1 boards across 21.1 minutes a night while making 41 percent of his field-goal attempts, 33.7 percent of his long-distance tries and 73 percent of his foul shots.
Kaminsky saw a bump in counting numbers the following year, as he appeared in 75 contests with 16 starts and recorded 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists through 26.1 minutes per game. However, his efficiency dipped, with Kaminsky connecting on just 39.9 percent of his shots, 32.8 percent of his triples and 75.6 percent of his free throws.
Overall, Kaminsky was a major disappointment in Charlotte, resulting in the Hornets allowing him to walk in free agency after four seasons with the club.
The Suns will square off with the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.