Brooklyn Nets’ all-star guard Kyrie Irving will be out for the rest of the 2019-2020 NBA season as he is set to undergo surgery for his right shoulder injury, the team announced on Thursday.
Irving, who signed with the Nets during the 2019 offseason, missed 27 games this year due to a nagging shoulder injury, as his Nets were unable to show teams their full potential.
Irving averaged 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 6.4 APG this season, shooting 39.4% from 3-point area.
Brooklyn signed not only Irving but also Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan in 2019, fortifying their roster which had made the playoffs the season before.
But with Durant already out and Irving hurt, the Nets were never able to showcase their full-strength line-up, something general manager Sean Marks was disappointed about.
Marks said he was disappointed that he and the Nets have gotten so little of a look at their full team this season. Irving has only played 20 games. “It’s been a roller coaster ride of a season,” he said. https://t.co/JYPK1AJsIr
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The team is still in the playoff race currently, sitting at the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 25-28 record. They are 5 games above the 9th-seeded Washington Wizards (20-33).
With key players like Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen, it seems the Nets can still crack the post-season this year although making a deep run remains to be seen.