Injuries plague 2013 NBA lottery picks

Injuries plague 2013 NBA lottery picks
October 12, 2013, 11:45 pm
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(Associated Press)

Otto Porter isn't the only lottery pick dealing with an injury.

Utah guard Trey Burke, the ninth selection, broke his finger Saturday in a preseason matchup with the Clippers. The former University of Michigan point guard is considered a favorite for the Rookie of the Year award.

Burke's injury came one week after Portland's C.J. McCollum broke his left foot during practice. It's the same injury the former Lehigh star suffered last January. Portland said no timetable for return will be established until the 10th overall pick has surgery.

The injury bug started well before the draft as center Nerlens Noel underwent knee surgery while at Kentucky. The shot blocker, selected sixth overall, is not expected back until December.

None of those situations means much to Wizards fans wanting to see Porter return to practice. The No.3 overall selection, Porter has missed Washington's entire training camp and both preseason games with a hip flexor. Neither Porter or head coach Randy Wittman could state when the small forward would return. We'll find out this week if a trip to Brazil helped.

Oh, if you're wondering about a certain former University of Maryland center who underwent surgery on both ankles since May, there is a reason Alex Len received no previous mention. He's playing. The 7-footer averaged 15 minutes and 3.5 points in Phoenix's first two games.