Randy Foye will be out tonight against the Boston Celtics due to a strained hamstring. The starting shooting guard injured the muscle in a practice session but it is not considered serious. New head coach Kenny Atkinson was undecided who will step into his place.
“Randy Foye in practice had a mild strain of his hamstring.” Atkinson said. “We’re going to evaluate it day-to-day after that. That’s a little unfortunate. He was playing well and had a good preseason. Hopefully, it’s a short-term thing.”
Even though it appears to be a mild strain, hamstrings can be an injury that can affect a player long-term. Especially when you add in Foye’s experience in the NBA. The veteran has been at the top of his game since the 2006-2007 season, and even though he has been mostly healthy at the time, age has a way of showing a person who is the boss.
The Brooklyn Nets not only brought Foye into their club, but they also brought leadership and a player that can be a legitimate starter for the bargain price of a one-year veteran contract, worth around $2.5 million this past July. In his career he has put up an average of 10 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists with a 40 percent field goal percentage and shoots 36.9 percent from behind the arc. He also is a solid 84.5 from the charity stripe.
Foye has been a sixth man for most of his career, but now with Brooklyn that should change. He won the job this preseason over Bojan Bogdanovic. During that span Foye averaged 19.2 minutes per game. He shot 26.7 percent from three-point range and 28 percent from the field overall, while averaging 5.2 points per game. The question remains who will start in his place?
The Nets have Joe Harris and Bogdanovic as candidates. The more obvious situation would rotate both Harris and Bogdanovic. The 6’6 250-pound Serbian averaged 27 minutes for the Nets last year, and will be entering his third season. He also started in 39 of his 79 games, averaging 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting last season in 27 minutes a game.
Foye’s next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Pacers.
The Doc’s Take: Hamstring strain 2-4 RTP