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NBA Online Betting Tips – Who Are The Most Injury-Prone NBA Players?

Posted by Craig Parsons on 11/19/2012 5:23:06 PM

When people in the online sports betting legal realm contemplate how the trajectory of an NBA season can change, they will point to prominent players on the shelf. Indeed, the injury-plagued athletes of the NBA – especially those who were counted on to become centerpieces of rosters in given seasons – cast a long shadow over the narrative that unfolds in the regular season.

The most high-profile injury magnet in the league at the moment is Philadelphia 76er center Andrew Bynum, who was acquired by the team precisely because he made it through most of the 2011-2012 season without any substantial injuries. However, the injury bug has returned this autumn, throwing a monkey wrench into the Sixers' plans for mounting an uprising in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia franchise is losing the equivalent of high-stakes poker games in a basketball-specific sense.

Sean Deveney of The Sporting News pointed out the following facts, which neatly summarize Bynum's tortured injury history: "He was diagnosed with a bone bruise on his knee in September, and his return date has been pushed back, now all the way to January. Bynum has a history of problems in both knees, dating back to high school, and has missed at least 17 games in five of his first NBA seasons." Another fact that Deveney did not mention was that over the past five seasons, Bynum missed 130 of 394 regular season games with the Los Angeles Lakers, a substantial portion of total playing time and available minutes.

Even football betting gurus who don't ordinarily follow professional basketball would acknowledge that Andrew Bogut is another frequently-injured player who has made life more difficult for his current team, the Golden State Warriors.

Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle unearthed some telling facts about Bogut's injuries and the toll they've taken on his portfolio of achievements, not to mention his level of availability to his employers:

"After playing all 82 games as the 2005-06 Rookie of the Year, Andrew Bogut has played an average of 54.3 games in the six seasons since then."

Simmons also wrote that "After three first-quarter blocks Jan. 25, he was going for a fourth when he landed on Kyle Lowry's foot and broke his ankle. On April 3, 2010, Bogut dunked on a fastbreak, but a little shove in the back from Amar'e Stoudemire caused the center to fall 10 feet from the rim and land awkwardly on his right arm - dislocating his elbow and breaking his wrist and finger."

Simmons added this bit of detail as well: " Bogut gutted out most of the 2010-11 season with a floating bone that caused intense pain in his elbow and played nearly half of 2008-09 before he was correctly diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back."

A third player who can't seem to escape the injury monster is Eric Gordon. Paul Newberry of the Associated Press gave a simple summary of the guard's issues in his current workplace, New Orleans, as a member of the Hornets: "Gordon was dealt to the Hornets last year in the Chris Paul trade, but wound up playing only nine games because of his knee. He returned late in the year after surgery, and the team thought he was over the problem. But it cropped up again, forcing him to miss all of the preseason…"

Gordon is viewed by some outsiders as a petulant individual, one who is expressing his displeasure with being in New Orleans, a franchise with a lot less upside than his former employer, the Clippers. At any rate, however, Gordon is not getting the playing time he needs to make a substantial impact on the NBA.


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