Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that Milwaukee Bucks’ center Thon Maker suffered a sprained right wrist in the team’s first practice. He was sent back to Milwaukee for further evaluation, but the team said that he could return to Madison, where the team is training, as early as Wednesday afternoon.
For now, he is considered day-to-day.
Maker was the 10th overall pick in July’s draft after he unexpectedly declared for the draft early. The NBA had to rule on whether he was eligible to skip a year of college after graduating from high school in 2015. He became the first player since the league instituted the “one-and-done” rule in 2005 to jump straight from high school to the NBA as a result of his age.
Even though Maker’s injury is not thought to be serious, it is still worrisome for a Bucks team that already lost guard Khris Middleton for several months thanks to a torn hamstring. Middleton was injured in preseason workouts on September 21 and is expected to miss about six months.
It is a tremendous blow to a Milwaukee club looking to rebound from a disappointing 2015-2016 campaign that saw them finish 33-49 and in last place in the Central Division. In addition to Maker, the Bucks drafted former Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon and also added veterans Mirza Teletovic, Matthew Dellavedova and Jason Terry in free agency. Forward Michael Beasley was acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets last week in an attempt to give the team another scorer in the wake of Middleton’s injury.
The Bucks open the regular season on October 26 when they host the Charlotte Hornets.