Michael Carter-Williams Injury Update: Bucks G to Have Season-Ending Hip Surgery

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Atlanta. Milwaukee won 117-109 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
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Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond announced Monday that point guard Michael Carter-Williams will undergo season-ending surgery on the torn labrum in his left hip, per a press release.

Carter-Williams, 24, averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 30.5 minutes per game this season.

The injury is the latest setback for the Milwaukee Bucks in what has already been a disappointing season, as the team is now 26-37 and underachieving after last year's run to the postseason. And it leaves the Bucks incredibly thin at the point, as Greivis Vasquez continues to recover from ankle surgery.

In the meantime, O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless will likely be the primary ball-handlers for the Bucks, while Giannis Antetokounmpo can play some point forward for the team. Second-year guard Tyler Ennis may be in line for more minutes as well, though he's made a minimal impact to this point.

While a late run and playoff berth aren't out of the question for the Bucks—they are currently six games back of the Chicago Bulls for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference—losing Carter-Williams will certainly make that battle even more of an uphill climb.

And it further delays the development of a young and talented core group of players featuring Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton, Greg Monroe, Antetokounmpo and Carter-Williams as they attempt to grow into an Eastern Conference power.

 

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