Sergey Karasev’s sophomore NBA season was cut short in March by a brutal injury: a dislocated patella and torn MCL in his right knee that required surgery. (If you want to watch it, you can watch it here. Don’t watch it.)
Karasev has undergone serious and significant rehabilitation since, walking with a brace and no crutches within a month of the injury and working out at the team facility. Back in June, he was hitting free throws with regularity. Five months later, he can dunk again.
— Sergey Karasev (@SKgetbuckets) August 18, 2015
Karasev played sporadically last season, earning time in just 33 of a possible 62 games before going down. He’s billed as a shoot-first off-guard, with ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla calling Karasev a “top-seven talent” in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Despite some success in the D-League, Karasev has yet to turn his outside shooting into NBA production. He’ll sit in the back of Brooklyn’s guard rotation for now behind guys like Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Johnson, and Wayne Ellington.
But this is another hurdle cleared. For most NBA players, showing off a two-hand dunk is as simple as signing your name on a NBA contract. But after dislocating your knee, it takes on a whole new dimension. Just check out that last hashtag.