What felt like an unprecedented and magical Memphis Grizzlies playoff run came crashing to a hault as the NBA season has been suspended due to COVID-19. The Grizzlies had the injury bug coming out of January with several of their key players missing substantial time. One guy in particular was marked out ‘indefinitely’ on January 27th with hip displacement.
It was Grayson Allen.
Allen injured his hip on January 24th against the Detroit Pistons. The second-year guard, who was acquired by the Grizzlies this offseason in the trade that sent Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz - had started to thrive for Memphis off the bench this season.
Playing in limited minutes per game (17.7), Allen scored 7.4 points, showing there was a role for himself in the NBA, and possibly long term in Memphis, as a scorer.
You’ve probably seen Allen behind the bench during games, and even on crutches during timeout huddles. Allen has traveled with the team despite being out “indefinitely.” Duke Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski slipped up in a video discussing all of the Duke alums on the Grizzlies saying Grayson would be “out for the year.”
Of course, all of this happened before the season was suspended. The addition of Allen back to the Grizzlies bench could have an impact on the Memphis rotation when (if?) the season resumes.
So, what is average recovery time?
On January 27th, Grizzlies PR made it public that Allen injured his left hip in an awkward fall against the Detroit Pistons on January 25th. Here we sit at two months and two days since the diagnosis of Allen’ hip injury. So, I did some research to see what the recovery average is on hip displacement.
According to OrthoInfo, the average person would be on crutches, and rehabbing from two to three months. Allen, being a pro athlete, may take a bit longer to recover to a higher level than the average human would — due to more intense movement, more pressure on the joints, etc. .
By the time the season is expected to return, Allen would be five to six months into his rehab — if the season were to return beginning in June or even at the beginning of August.
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