The summer season for Orlando Magic rookie Jalen Suggs is over.
The team announcement Suggs has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb and will be barred from final Summer League games as a precaution.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of Orlando’s game against the Boston Celtics on Thursday when he fell to the ground.
Suggs was selected with the No.5 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by the Magic. The 20-year-old arrives in Orlando after a fantastic freshman season at Gonzaga. He led the Bulldogs to a 31-1 record in 2020-21, a trip to the national title game and was a second-team all-star selection by consensus.
The Magic drafted Suggs in the hope that he can become a dynamic gaming guard that the franchise really hasn’t had since Tracy McGrady.
An absence of Suggs during the regular season would cause all kinds of trouble for new head coach Jamahl Mosley. The front office’s decision to go all-in on a rebuild last year by swapping Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier left Magic’s roster without much proven depth.
Orlando has some intriguing young talent around Suggs including Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz and Wendell Carter Jr. None of these players have yet proven that they can be a major contributor in the NBA, but their continued development will determine how long. it will take the franchise to become a playoff contender again.
Luckily for the Magic and Suggs, the injury came early enough in the offseason that it didn’t impact his ability to be ready for training camp and the start of the regular season in October.