Thus far, Ognjen Kuzmic has not done much in his NBA career after being drafted by the Warriors in the second round in 2012.
Now, his development may be impeded even more due to a stress reaction in his left leg. The Warriors announced that Kuzmic will miss around four weeks and will not be able to train with the Serbian national team for the upcoming World Cup.
In 21 games last season, Kuzmic averaged 0.7 points and one rebound in 4.4 minutes per game, with most of them coming in garbage time. He is still learning the pace of the NBA game, as evidenced by his several demotions to the D-League during the course of last season.
Kuzmic has spent this summer training nonstop at the Warriors’ facility.
“It felt like I would never even go home,” he told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I would go get a couple hours of sleep and then go right back to the gym. That was my plan for the summer: to work and to see if I can play in this league or not.”
He may get some opportunities this season. Health permitting, Kuzmic is their third-string center for now, behind Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli. But given Bogut’s injury problems and Ezeli missing the entire 2013-2014 season, Kuzmic could wind up playing an important role on the Warriors bench.
He certainly has the worth ethic, which is described in that Chronicle piece above. Hopefully he can stay healthy and develop into a useful NBA big man.