In a move that will immediately cut into their considerable depth to begin the 2013-2014 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks announced the immediate absence of one of their returning big men.
On Friday, the Bucks released a statement providing a 4 to 6 week recovery timetable for big man Ekpe Udoh following an arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Candidly, Udoh wasn’t set to start or get extended minutes for the Bucks this season, but he figured to prominently impact new head coach Larry Drew’s rotation once things got going in the regular season.
Personally, Udoh has been a guy I’ve loved dating back to his college days. He excelled at Baylor before being drafted in the top 10 by the Warriors, but even prior to that, the 26-year-old showed flashes of brilliance in one season at Michigan. In the NBA, he’s only averaging 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, but Udoh has the upside of a game-changer defensively, and that could be useful, especially behind All-World defender Larry Sanders.
The regular season is just over 2 weeks away, and with that, Udoh shouldn’t miss too much in the way of impactful games for Milwaukee. Stay tuned for his return as the calendar moves to November.