Indiana Pacers to Continue Without Sumner Indefinitely
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Indiana Pacers to Continue Without Sumner Indefinitely

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One of the most popular players that ever played for the Indiana Pacers – Reggie Miller – recently responded to another legend’s opinion of his high-quality game and setting the NBA bar high.

Edmond Sumner’s Player Profile

Sumner is a professional American basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1995, and at 6 ft 4 in tall, Sumner can play both guard positions.

Edmond Sumner’s History with the Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers received Edmond Sumner back in 2017 through a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. He was the first second-round draft pick that was included in this kind of deal. During the 2017/2018 season and the start of the 2018/2019 season, Sumner didn’t receive many minutes on the court and mostly played for the NBA G-League team Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

His first NBA start was against the Golden State Warriors after his teammate Victor Oladipo was injured for the season. Sumner signed a three-year contract in 2019 worth $6.48 million.

In the 2020/2021 season, Edmond Sumner’s career statistics include:

  • Played in 53 games during the season
  • Started in 24 games
  • Shot 52.5% from the floor
  • Averaged 7.5 points in about 16 minutes per night
  • 1.8 rebounds per game

Earlier in the off-season, the team option on Edmond Sumner’s contract was exercised by the Indiana Pacers for the 2021/2022 season.

Indefinite Career Pause for Edmond Sumner Because of an Injury

On the 9th of September, the Indiana Pacers announced via Twitter that Edmond Sumner was injured during an off-season workout. The injury he sustained is a torn left Achilles, and the team benched him indefinitely. They will post updates of his condition whenever they are needed, but for now, the Pacers will have to play without Sumner at the point guard position.

Two of his teammates (Victor Oladipo and Brian Bowen II) expressed their good wishes to Edmond Sumner via Twitter. The Indiana Pacers’ season opener will be on October 20th in Charlotte.

An Achilles tendon rupture is a very serious and unfortunately common injury in sport. The usual recovery time from an Achilles tendon rupture for NBA players is ten months. This means that Edmond Sumner will miss the whole 2021/2022 season and most likely part of the off-season. Players who suffer from this type of injury often miss not only one season (for rehabilitation) but will resume the post-injury peak level at the 2nd season back. That is three years after the injury was suffered, so we can say goodbye to Sumner for the near future and wish him a successful recovery.