Two of the most talented and recent Duke alumni in the NBA saw their seasons ended prematurely with injuries. However, both former Blue Devils have gotten some good news on their respective returns to the hardwood.
Jabari Parker began his rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks strong enough by averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games before tearing his ACL and undergoing surgery in early January.
After going through the early stages of rehab, Parker has been able to return to the court and is making steady progress as he eyes a return to the court. This week the team’s official website posted videos of his recent workouts which shows the former No. 2 overall pick able to cut, drive, and dunk.
In his one season at Duke, Parker took home ACC Rookie of the Year honors after receiving 72 of the 77 votes for the award and finished second in ACC Player of the Year honors. He also was a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection by The Associated Press.
While Parker’s season ended relatively early, fellow one and done alumni Kyrie Irving’s ended in the NBA Finals this past June because of a fractured left kneecap. Irving had surgery soon after his injury and has been cleared to return to workouts.
To that end, he’s already walking without crutches and is expected to be back to 100 percent around the time the Cavaliers will open Training Camp in September. But, as he tells Cleveland.com, he’s not going to rush anything.
"I'm honestly not putting a date on anything," he said. "People are going to put a date regardless. I'm just continuing to be on the journey I've been on and that's continuing to get better every single day and rehabbing my leg."
Irving’s career at Duke, of course, was cut short after suffering a foot injury that many believe robbed the Blue Devils of chance at a historic season in 2011.
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