Reason #2 the Houston Rockets should trade for Marvin Bagley: Injuries aren’t ineffectiveness
Injuries are an unfortunate reality of sports and life. There are too many players where one wonders, “what if?” While injuries can completely derail a promising career, they can also delay a promising player from taking off.
Marvin Bagley has had a hard time simply staying on the court. In his young career, he’s only played in 118 of a possible 226 games. Injuries have robbed Bagley of valuable game and practice repetitions and are likely the main culprit of his stalled development.
When he has been healthy enough to be on the court he has been surprisingly productive for a so-called bust. He has career averages of 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 50-percent shooting but those numbers sell him short.
Bagley has only averaged 25.5 minutes per game, a number that has held steady throughout his career. His per 36-minute averages of 20.5 points and 10.6 rebounds look a lot more like a second overall pick.
Bagley isn’t a perfect player. His defense is suspect and his low-post game can look archaic. However, he won’t turn 23 until March 2022 and if he had simply played more no one would utter the word bust. If Bagley can put his injuries behind him, he has a shot to average 20 and 10 for the next decade.