Nick Nurse Reveals Scottie Barnes Has Injury

The NBA's Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes finished last season with a painful ankle injury, suffered under the foot of Joel Embiid during their playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Now, according to Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, Barnes is starting the new season the same way—with an ankle injury.

Barnes was apparently dealing with a "minor" ankle injury that had shut him down from workouts for 3 weeks before training camp. This, Raptors observers hope, explains the 21-year-old's very slow start to camp. In four preseason games, he's averaging just 6.3 points in 22 minutes per contest, while shooting 36.4%.

Nurse says the issue has affected Barnes' conditioning, and he is "playing a little bit of catchup here and it’s noticeable... I think he’s just behind a little bit, conditioning-wise, feel-wise, all that kind of stuff."

Nurse says it's all about getting Scottie more game reps to get him back to feeling like and acting like himself.

"Is his energy and enthusiasm going to remain at the same level it was a year ago as the new kid in the candy store? If it does, then he doesn’t have much to worry about.” 

Last year, Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 35.4 minutes. 

Photo: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports