‣ Kobe Bufkin will be out at least two weeks after fracturing his left thumb while practicing with the College Park Skyhawks.
‣ Bufkin was selected 15th overall in this year’s NBA draft out of the University of Michigan and signed a four-year rookie-scale contract with the Hawks.
‣ Bufkin made 33 starts in 61 games with Michigan, averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and minutes per game during his sophomore season.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:
Kobe Bufkin injured his left thumb during the College Park Skyhawks’ practice while on assignment. An X-ray taken earlier today revealed a left thumb fracture. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks)
Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Kobe Bufkin will be sidelined for at least two weeks due to a fractured left thumb. The injury occurred during a practice session with the College Park Skyhawks, the Hawks’ G League affiliate. X-rays confirmed the fracture, and Bufkin’s status will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The 20-year-old guard was selected 15th overall in this year’s draft and signed a four-year, $19.8 million rookie-scale contract.
Bufkin had appeared in two of Atlanta’s first five games this season, shooting 0-for-3 from the field but scoring his first career point from a free throw. During his time at the University of Michigan, Bufkin made 33 starts in 61 games. In his freshman season, he averaged 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 10.6 minutes in 28 games off the bench. During his sophomore year, Bufkin saw significant improvement, averaging career highs of 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Despite Bufkin’s injury, the Hawks are still considered a competitive team. They currently hold the 16th-ranked odds to win the championship this season, according to NBA betting sites. Additionally, they have the third-best odds to win East Group A of the NBA In-Season Tournament, as indicated by sportsbooks.
If Bufkin’s recovery goes smoothly, he may be able to return in time for the Hawks’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, November 17. Until then, the team will have to rely on other players to fill Bufkin’s role on the court.