Health has been a serious concern for the Wizards this 2019-2020 season. We knew about John Wall’s Achilles injury coming into this season, but the number of injured players at the beginning of the new year is shocking. To say this team has been bitten by the injury bug is an understatement.
A Long List of Injured Players
- John Wall: Injury occurred on 12/28/18 (Achilles). It’s been a while since John Wall played in an NBA game and it seems his return won’t be anytime soon. He is not expected to play this season. The point Guard will turn 30 in September. John Wall signed a 4 year, $170 million dollar extension with the Wizards that began in 2019. We’ll leave it at that.
- Ian Mahinmi: Injury occurred on 1/5/20 (finger). Ian is the most recent player to join the injury report and is listed as day-to-day.
- Bradley Beal: Injury occurred 1/2/20 (leg). Listed as day-to-day. He did not play Saturday against the Denver Nuggets, and could miss the upcoming matchup against the Celtics.
- Davis Bertans: Injury occurred on 12/21/19 (quad). Did not play Saturday against the Nuggets and ruled out for Monday’s game against the Celtics.
- Rui Hachimura: Injury occurred on 12/16/19 (groin). Rui is set to be re-evaluated in two weeks. He recently had a minor surgical procedure completed. I’m not laughing, you’re laughing.
- Moritz Wagner: Injury occurred on 12/12/19 (ankle). The injury will sideline him for 3 weeks total, and he is targeting a return later this month.
- Thomas Bryant: Injury occurred on 12/3/19 (foot). Listed as week-to-week. Bryant is ruled out for Monday’s matchup, but expected to make his return later this week.
- C.J. Miles: Injury occurred on 11/27/19 (wrist). The Washington Wizards applied for and were granted a disabled player exception for Miles, so he is out for the season.
New Year Resolution: A Clean Bill of Health
There is a small silver lining with the plethora of injured players this team is facing: other role players have stepped up. Ish Smith has started to really shine in the last few games with his minutes increasing. He put up 32 points in a win against the Nuggets on Saturday, a career high. Other players are taking advantage of their minutes increase as well. Players like Garrison Matthews and Gary Payton II, new additions to the Wizards squad, have been pleasant surprises of late with their on-floor production.
The Wizards are hopeful that those injured can return to the court as soon as possible. Until then, the Wizards will continue using those who are healthy and available.