Second-year big man Justin Patton has suffered a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to undergo surgery according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Patton was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves two summers ago and also missed a large portion of last season due to injury.
Minnesota’s 2017 first-round draft pick Justin Patton has suffered another broken foot, this time in his right foot, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 15, 2018
After appearing in only one game with the Timberwolves last season, Justin Patton came into the summer hoping to etch out a consistent role in Minnesota’s rotation. However, with another devastating injury that will keep him sidelined for an extended stretch, Patton will likely have to wait another year.
Patton was sidelined last year with a similar broken bone but the problem was in his left foot as opposed to his right foot this time around. Last year’s operation on his left foot was the second such surgery he underwent and a third one is now in order for his right foot.
A promising prospect out of Creighton University, Patton was selected 16th overall in the 2016 Draft. Hopefully, Patton is able to bounce back from yet another foot surgery, as the Wolves could use some frontcourt insurance in the future.