Although Houston Rockets point guard John Wall is recovering from a significant injury, there have been several star players to have come back from the same injury.
This off-season for the Houston Rockets was already one of the craziest in recent history, as there is an entirely new coaching staff, a new general manager, and a new point guard in Houston. As we now know, the Russell Westbrook era is officially over, as the Rockets traded Westbrook for John Wall.
It’s been one bombshell after another for the Rockets, and with the season starting soon, the Westbrook trade was yet another one for the Rockets, as they sent the 2019-20 All-NBA guard to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and several future-protected first-round picks.
With the trade, the Rockets are bringing in a former NBA All-Star and former number one pick. They are also bringing in a player that has not played in almost two seasons, as Wall is coming off a torn Achilles.
When Wall takes the court for the Houston Rockets, it will be his first game since December 26th of 2018. This, of course, is a major injury and takes time to heal fully, and we do have previous examples of players suffering the same injury to compare Wall injury to.
Normally the play after this type of injury isn’t great, as was described in a study done by Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology. They studied how a player was playing right before the injury and how they played afterward.
They also noted how long it took for the player to get back to peak performance, if at all, or if the player ever got back to peak performance based on Player Efficiency Rating, or PER. Looking at the findings, it takes a player almost two years back on the court for a player to get anywhere near their previous best.
Even though the numbers are against it, there are examples of players that came back and performed at an All-Star level. Of course, on the flip side, there are players that never came close to their best play again in their career.
Here are three players who have dealt with the same injury as Wall and a look at how they performed afterwards.
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