Indiana Pacers Rookie Undergoes Leg Fracture Surgery

For a rookie, staying on the court and showing your talent is key to finding a role in the NBA. That's what makes the current situation for 19-year-old second-round pick Kendall Brown so frustrating for the first-year player. 

He's only been able to get into six games with the Indiana Pacers thus far this season, largely due to a leg injury that kept him out for six weeks earlier in the year. Now he's had to go under the knife for that injury, ending his rookie season.

Brown underwent surgery on a right tibia stress fracture. He's expected to make a full recovery. 

The Baylor product is signed to a two-way contract with the Pacers, and also spent time with the G League Fort Wayne Mad Ants this season. 

He initially suffered the stress reaction in his right tibia in December, and after sitting out a month and a half, returned and tried to play through it. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals on 50.7% shooting from the field in 16 games for the Mad Ants. 

He got into just six games with the Pacers, scoring a total of only nine points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Unfortunately, his season is now done.

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