NBA Roundtable

Azubuike Out For The Season

In General NBA on November 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Contra Costa Times reports

The Warriors learned Monday that swingman Kelenna Azubuike is out for the season and that guard C.J. Watson tested positive for swine flu.

According to a team source, an MRI on Monday showed the injury Azubuike sustained Saturday at Milwaukee will require surgery, which means the patellar tendon was torn in his left knee. The surgery will be scheduled this week. Recovery time for this type of surgery usually is five to six months.

That’s very bad news for the Warriors.

Good news for Raja Bell and Vladamir Radmanovic though. Suddenly some more playing time has opened up and both players look like they’re going to be playing considerable roles for the Warriors in the remainder of the season.


Starting lineup

  • Point guard — Monta Ellis
  • Off guard — Anthony Morrow
  • Small forward — Raja Bell/Vladamir Radmanovic
  • Power forward — Anthony Randolph
  • Center — Andris Biedrins

Rotation players

  • Backup guard — Stephen Curry
  • Backup forward + Sixth man– Corey Maggette
  • Backup forward/wing — Vladamir Radmanovic/Raja Bell
  • Backup Big — Ronnie Turiaf

How many above average passers relative to their position do you think the Warriors have?

I count zero in the starting lineup. Two off the bench.

What am I saying?

(1) There’s a general lack of players who can create for others with their passing ability.

(2) The lack of Stephen Jackson in the starting lineup is going to make Monta’s inability to be a floor general or lead playmaker more painful for the Warriors.


Raja Bell is now going to have surgery on his injured wrist. That removes another rotation worthy from the Warriors list of options.

Remaining bench players

  • CJ Watson — another point guard but he’s a scoring point and has played a fair bit in two-point-guard backcourts.
  • Mikki Moore — a backup big who can play both big man positions. The Warriors could use him to backup the four position and then use Corey Maggette and Vladamir Radmanovic solely on the wing.

CJ Watson looks the most likely option here but Moore could see some playing time too depending on how things go + type of opponent.

Update: San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Bell may be finished for the season.

Newly-acquired Raja Bell told The Chronicle on Tuesday that he will have wrist surgery, a decision that adds to the Warriors’ injury woes and could cost the guard the rest of the season.

Bell, who was picked up from Charlotte in the Stephen Jackson trade Monday, will go back east for surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left wrist. He’ll miss four or five weeks if the wrist is in decent shape and probably the rest of the season if screws are needed for the repair.

“I’m going into it, assuming it will be a big surgery,” Bell said. “If I wake up and it’s not, it’s icing on the cake. I’m prepared for the worst-case scenario, and I’ll go from there.

We’ll have to wait for the surgery before finding out how bad this injury is.

  1. This is unrelated but i have a question. If lets says chris bosh is traded this year, does the team acquiring him also acquire his bird rights?

  2. Hey Simon Says,

    Yes, they do. A player’s bird rights go with the player when traded.

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