Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Add Jabari Parker to the growing list of high-profile NBA rookies who has suffered a major injury.
Parker has a torn ACL in his left knee and is done for the season, the Milwaukee Bucks announced on Twitter after it was reported by ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.
“[Parker] returned to Milwaukee [Tuesday] afternoon to undergo an MRI that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee,” the Bucks said on Twitter.
“Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.”
Typical ACL recovery takes 6-8 months, putting Parker back sometime next summer.
Parker went down Monday night after colliding with the Phoenix Suns P.J. Tucker on a drive to the basket.
The 6-foot-8 former Duke star was averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Parker was the No. 2 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
Julius Randle, the No. 7 pick, went down in the Lakers’ first game of the year with a broken leg.
Joel Embiid, the No. 3 pick out of Kansas, has yet to play this season with the Philadelphia 76ers because of a foot injury, while No. 4 pick Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic is out indefinitely after undergoing foot surgery.
Doug McDermott, the No. 11 pick by the Chicago Bulls, is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery Saturday.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.