List of Injured NBA Players Including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis Who are Out of Action Indefinitely

Published 03/22/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA season is winding down, and teams are looking to seal their playoff spot. Every franchise, regardless of expectations, is making their final push to get their ideal outcome.


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Whether it be championship contenders like the Nets, Lakers, or 76ers, or playoff teams like the Knicks, Warriors, and Portland, several teams have important games coming up in this final stretch.

But each team has its own set of challenges. Almost every team in the NBA has injuries to significant stars. While no injury can be considered good news, the struggles of every team in the NBA could allow for parity. Several of the NBA’s top names are out with major injuries, and they will be for a significant amount of time.


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Which NBA Players are out injured?

LeBron James

Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped up by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) after injuring his leg in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James suffered a significant ankle injury against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. This came as a big blow for the Lakers, as James was playing some of the best basketball of his career at the time. James will be out indefinitely, as the Lakers look to keep him safe going into the playoffs this year.

Anthony Davis

Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) sits on the bench during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis was ruled out in early February with a calf-strain. The injury appeared to be benign at the beginning but has kept Davis out for almost a month.

Furthermore, he was forced to miss the All-Star game. Currently, Davis has been ruled out for the entirety of March and could be further, as the Lakers do not want to risk him getting hurt badly.

Kevin Durant

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant, much like Anthony Davis, went out sometime last month because of a hamstring strain. Initially, Durant was set to miss two games. But further tests revealed that Durant was suffering from internal bleeding. Currently, Davis is still on the sidelines and set to be out for another two weeks.

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is still suffering from his knee injury. There isn’t any update as to when Embiid will return, but he will be out for a significant amount of time. However, Embiid did come forward and say that he is feeling better.

Derrick Rose

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose (4) advances the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks is currently out due to COVID-19 protocol. He should be cleared to return to the team in the next week.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Mar 13, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks as Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) looks on during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis is suffering from a sprained knee. However, Antetokounmpo isn’t expected to miss too much time at the moment.

LaMelo Ball

Jan 16, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) looks on against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The young rookie sensation was having a fantastic season this year. However, last night, LaMelo Ball suffered a broken wrist. This means that he is ruled out for the remainder of the NBA season.

This injury could derail all the momentum Ball had on his quest to be named NBA Rookie of the Year. But he has been the favorite by some distance, so he could have the accolade locked up by now.

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley is one of the best defenders in the NBA. But the Clippers will be without him for some time. He suffered a significant injury earlier this month, and he has still not recovered as of yet. The Clippers will be hoping Beverley recovers soon, as they make their way up the Western Conference.

Jusuf Nurkic

Jusuf Nurkic has been out for quite some time. His absence, coupled with CJ McCollum, caused the Portland Trail Blazers to face a significant slump. However, he is set to return at the beginning of April, and Blazers will be happy to have him back.

Andre Drummond


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Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) drives between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and center Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Drummond is still not on a new team. He has an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the franchise will not play him until they figure out a trade for him. With the deadline coming up this week, it is very likely we see Drummond take the court with a new team by next week.

The NBA season coming to a close


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With the season coming to an end, these players will be hoping to make a recovery soon. Many of the above-mentioned superstars need to make a full recovery in time for an NBA playoff push this season. Which of these players will make a recovery in time? We will find out in the final stretch of the season.


Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.