The Los Angeles Clippers will have to wait a while before seeing what they have in their rookie guard Jason Preston. According to multiple reports, Preston will miss a significant portion of the new NBA season after undergoing right foot surgery on Thursday.
Preston needed the procedure after getting injured during one of the workouts ahead of the training camp.
The Clippers selected Preston in the early second round of the 2021 NBA Draft out of Ohio University. He played three years of college basketball with the Bobcats, averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.
Reportedly, the Clippers were excited about Preston and planned to give him a more prominent role after he impressed the coaching staff during the offseason. The team’s president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank even publicly praised the 22-year-old guard, saying that the rookie “made terrific progress.”
Preston’s minutes could possibly go to the Clippers’ other rookie guard Brandon Boston Jr., whom they also selected in the second round. Boston had a solid preseason so far, averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds in the first two games.