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Shaedon Sharpe injured in NBA debut, remains mystery among rookies.

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Shaedon Sharpe hadn’t played in a competitive basketball game in eight months and twenty days. Sharpe was the No. 1 player coming out of high school, but he only stayed for the second semester at Kentucky and didn’t play a single game. Sharpe was the biggest unknown in the 2022 NBA draft, but despite his lengthy absence from the game, the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the seventh overall pick.

“After not playing for so long, I’m just looking forward to playing and competing at the highest level,” Sharpe told Yahoo Sports on draft night. “I’ve put in the work, and I’m just going to come in with confidence and get better each and every day.”

Sharpe took the court at the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday night for warmups before the Trail Blazers faced the Detroit Pistons in the second of two games to kick off NBA Summer League; the late-night tip-off didn’t begin until 12:15 a.m. ET. Sharpe appeared relaxed and at ease. Before his first NBA game, he had a few bouncy dunks and made some outside jumpers.

Sharpe was named one of Portland’s five starters and faced the No. 5 pick, Jaden Ivey. Ivey spent two seasons at Purdue and is widely regarded as the best shooting guard in the 2022 draft class.

Sharpe attempted two 3-pointers in the same possession three minutes into the game. Both shots were short but not off too far. His first basket came with 4:35 left in the first quarter, a midrange jumper from the right wing.

Sharpe’s Stat Line against Pistons

  • 2 points
  • 0 rebounds
  • 0 assists
  • 6 turnovers (per 36)
  • 0 blocks
  • 0 steals
  • 33% FG
  • 0% 3P FG

Steve Hetzel, the Trail Blazers’ head coach, said he didn’t see the injury and assumed Sharpe was fine when he subbed him out.

“I didn’t see the injury exactly, I think he hit it on the floor,” Hetzel said after the Blazers’ 81-78 loss. “Walking off the court at halftime, he said he felt good, but we want to be cautious with all our players so we’re going to do our due diligence and figure it out.”

Sharpe’s status as an NBA player remains a mystery.

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