Bucks reserve center Johnny O’Bryant likely out 6 weeks at least with knee sprain


Johnny O’Bryant was already going to struggle to get minutes in Milwaukee. Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia and John Henson will soak up most of the minutes at the four and five spots, where O’Bryant is trying to fit in.

But this is a still a setback for the rookie second round pick out of LSU.

He has a grade III sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, the Bucks announced. The team would not put a timetable on his return, but usually 6-8 weeks is the norm with this kind of injury.

That has O’Bryant out until early December at best. It’s hard for rookies to find minutes once the season gets going as it is, this has him starting farther behind.

O’Bryant has the physical tools to play in the NBA, the question was how he’d adjust, especially defensively, and could he maintain his focus (a concern coming in). He’s going to answer most of the questions about him in practice anyway, if he does well there he’ll get some run.