Kosta Koufos - Kosta Koufos has been a reliable backup center option for the Kings, and he is dealing with a hamstring injury early on. You are likely going to see a platoon of guys behind him to suck up the minutes. Willie Cauley-Stein isn’t a huge minutes eater, and generally floats around 28, so backup center minutes are there for the taking in Sacramento.
Bogdan Bogdanovic - The Kings are loaded with guard and forward depth, but Bogdan Bogdanovic was looking to continue his hot run at the end of last season. Missing time is not a good way to earn minutes within this team with all the recent draft picks piled up trying to fight for playing time. He will be back in November, and it will be interesting to see if he jumps right back into the rotation or not when he returns.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
The Kings have had a truly awful last few decades, with busted draft picks and injuries. The Kings had some studs in the early 2000s where they also had some big injuries. Mike Bibby had a stress fracture in the 2002 season where he missed two and a half months. Chris Webber tore his meniscus in 2003, where he missed the playoff run. This was brutal timing for the Kings that season. Bibby would have one of his worst injuries in 2007 where he missed four months with a ligament tear in his thumb.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed the 2007 season with knee surgery, and Kevin Martin continued his injury riddled career. He had groin issues, but missed about half the season. Martin had a broken wrist in 2009, which added to his injury report tally. Before Hassan Whiteside took some time off, he played for the Kings. He had a torn patella tendon in 2011, which caused him to miss about a year off the court. Darren Collison in 2015 had to have surgery to repair a strained hip flexor.
2017 was not a good year for Rudy Gay, who tore his Achilles tendon. This is not the injury you want to have in any fashion, but Gay’s career was starting to trend downwards before. Gay actually bounced back from this injury, as some other teams took a chance on him, which he was rewarded them. The Kings have had some good health over the last few seasons, but Frank Mason, a younger guard, probably has the most recent major injury with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.