The Golden State Warriors have had some back luck with the injury bug–Stephen Curry’s ankles, Andrew Bogut’s various issues, David Lee’s hip flexor and Brandon Rush’s bum knee that he injured during the team’s home opener.
Add Ognjen Kuzmic to that list.
Ognjen Kuzmic, the 7-foot-1 Bosnian the Warriors drafted in the 2nd round last season, has a right ankle bone bruise and won’t play in Vegas
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) June 28, 2013
Kuzmic isn’t a household name like the players above. He’s merely an international prospect that the Warriors drafted with the No. 52 pick in the 2012 draft. However, he was and probably is still expected to compete for a roster spot, especially with Festus Ezeli out until out least December following knee surgery.
Scouting reports have always noted Kuzmic’s athletic ability along with his coordination. That’s a good combination of skills, especially for a seven-footer.
This is what Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball once said of Kuzmic (via Kuzmic’s draft profile on NBA.com)
Kuzmic is very inexperienced but has shown quick development. A 7-footer with a long wingspan, he can block shots, is mobile and is developing his skills quickly. He has a high potential and would be worth a second round pick. In several years he can be something special.
The injury could hinder Kuzmic’s chance of earning a roster spot, but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker if he’s ready for the NBA–he’ll have to prove that in training camp.