What Does Ekpe Udoh’s Injury Mean for Milwaukee Bucks?
Milwaukee Bucks power forward/center Ekpe Udoh will miss four to six weeks after he underwent surgery on his right knee. He noticed an issue with his knee last weekend, which forced him to miss a scrimmage and a preseason game on Tuesday. Obviously, not having Udoh for at least a month is not good. With that being said, what does the injury mean for the Bucks going forward?
One thing is for certain, Milwaukee could have been in much worse shape. There is no question the 26-year-old will play a role for the team during the 2013-14 NBA season. However, it is not a big enough one in which the team will be devastated by his absence. The organization would prefer not to have any injuries, but if the team is going to miss anyone, at least it is someone who is third on the depth chart.
The fact is Udoh has not exactly made a very big impact with the team over the past season and a half. In 76 games in 2012-13, he averaged 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Clearly, he is an asset on the defensive side of the court, especially when he is paired with Larry Sanders or John Henson. However, his role will be diminished this year with the acquisition of Zaza Pachulia and the emergence of Henson.
Bucks head coach Larry Drew is certainly disappointed that several big men have been sidelined this preseason. Ersan Ilyasova, Pachulia and Udoh are nowhere near ready to take the court while Carlos Delfino may not suit up for quite some time. Even though Drew is upset about his current predicament, he refuses to use it as an excuse.