The Golden State Warriors drafted Kevon Looney 30th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft knowing he had a hip issue that may require surgery, and the Warriors announced Thursday that the rookie underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum. Looney will be out at least four-to-six months.
Looney, 19, actually played in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. But after consulting with the medical staff, the decision was made to undergo the surgery and get the hip issue out of the way early.
Looney enjoyed a solid freshman campaign at UCLA, averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game, earning All-Pac-12 Second Team and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors. However, the youngster wasn’t going to contribute much for the defending champions this upcoming season, so it made perfect sense to do the surgery now. Sure, he’ll lose some valuable practice time, but it’s better that than risk something worse down the road.