Derrick White - With no Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, or Danny Green, you are looking at a pretty thin Spurs depth chart right now. Derrick White was drafted 29th overall back in 2017, and is going to miss the first two weeks of the season, but it could be a bit longer. He has a plantar fascia injury, and those can linger for a long time if not rested. White will have to be 100% before he gets back to it.
Dejounte Murray - Dejounte Murray is the big injury, as he tore his ACL in the right knee before the season started. Murray was about to take a huge step in the Spurs offense and not to mention the Spurs just lost three guards to retirement or other teams. Murray is a big loss on the offensive side, and they will miss him for the year. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Lonnie Walker - The Spurs drafted Lonnie Walker 18th overall in this past draft, and he was going to be entering a very good situation with the Spurs losing a few guards. He tore his meniscus, and is going to be out 6-8 weeks. They won’t rush back the 19-year-old, so we shouldn’t expect much for production or minutes this season. We should be looking ahead at next year’s season for some of these younger guards to return.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
When you have had as much success as the Spurs, you have to have some injury luck but also some very good bench depth to handle those blows. They have done just that. Looking back at their prime years, Tim Duncan’s meniscus tear comes to mind as one of the poorer ones. It was late in the season, and he eventually needed surgery as soon as the season came to an end. In 2008, Manu Ginoblu had to have ankle surgery, which had him out for the first three months of that season. In 2014, both Patty Mills and Manu Ginobli had to have offseason surgery to fix up leg issues.
Overall the Spurs have had good injury luck, as these have not really derailed their franchise like we have seen with a few other teams. The biggest injury of late was Kawhi Leonard, and the drama and handling of that injury led to him eventually being traded. It was one of the weirdest situations in Spurs history, especially when you think of how they’ve always handled these issues. As we start to see some more older players run out their time in San Antonio, the injuries are popping up more frequently.
Pau Gasol and Rudy Gay have been going through on and off injuries at this stage of their career. We have seen in 2018 them lose a number of guards which has impacted them in a great way. It will be tough for them to overcome the Dejounte Murray injury that happened just before the season started. He was a bright young draft pick ready to turn the corner in San Antonio.