4 Orlando Magic players in need of a career resurgence
Is it too early to hit the panic button on Jalen Suggs? Yes.
BUT… last year was a learning experience and he will have to make sure injuries do not make him fall behind the curve like it has for other young Orlando Magic players.
In his rookie year, Suggs dealt with a fractured right thumb and an ankle injury that made him sit out 34 games.
In the penultimate game of the season against the Charlotte Hornets, he pulled up limping on the same sprained ankle that he missed time with.
On May 2, the Magic announced Suggs underwent ankle surgery to repair a stress fracture. It is unclear whether he re-aggravated it in that game against the Hornets or if it was something unrelated.
He will probably have to miss the summer league but that is still to be determined. The good news for Magic fans is that he will be ready in time for training camp.
That is good news for Suggs too. He will need to get back on the court as soon as possible to improve on his play from last year.
Suggs will want to improve on his shooting splits from last year as he shot a poor 36-percent from the field and 21-percent from three.
A bright spot for Suggs is he is in the same boat as other young guards, Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony who did not shoot well last year either.
The guard who separates himself in that area will come out on top.
Suggs certainly has the potential to lead the Magic for years to come. But his lackluster rookie season has him overshadowed by his fellow draft classmate, Franz Wagner.
He will need to overcome persistent injuries and shooting deficiencies to prove himself worthy of that fifth overall pick.