It was announced today that Abdul Gaddy has torn his ACL and will be out for the rest of the year. This is obviously bad news. Gaddy had taken a tremendous step forward this year and is now out for the rest of the year.
Even with this injury, the Huskies are the deepest team in the conference. Gaddy is a true point guard, but Isaiah Thomas is morphing into that more and more which could soften the blow of losing Gaddy.
Two questions come to mind with this injury:
- How bad does this hurt the Huskies?
- Who takes Gaddy’s minutes?
Any injury to a starting player is bad. That goes without saying. But, of the 5 Husky starters, Gaddy might have been the least valuable. That’s not to say he’s not valuable, he clearly was. But, the Huskies couldn’t afford to lose a big man and they are deep at the guard position. Overton and Thomas will take over point guard duties. Sometimes they’ll be in at the same time. Those two can’t get in foul trouble because the Huskies can’t afford to lose a ball handler. Also, Gaddy was good at settling down the offense into the half court sets. That will be missed.
As for who takes Gaddy’s minutes? Clearly, Overton will get a bump in playing time. Hopefully he’s healthy enough for that. Also, the trio of Ross, Wilcox, and Suggs will get more. Because of his play lately, I’d like to see Ross get more minutes. As would most of Husky nation. The Huskies lineup will be taller now and more lengthy, which could be a good thing. I’m not sure who will take Gaddy’s spot in the stating lineup. I would vote for Ross, because I think Overton is more effective off the bench.
Make no mistake, this is a big loss for the Huskies, but, I don’t think it ends the Huskies season. I think they will be just fine. I could be wrong but I sure hope not.