Injury type: Patellar tendon rupture, fractured left knee cap
Injury year: 2001, 2002
Pre-injury stats: 442 G, 17.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.7 BPG
Post-injury stats: 573 G, 7.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Even one of Antonio McDyess’ major injuries would have been enough to knock most players out for their entire career. During his first six seasons in the league, his incredible athleticism made him a rising star and earned him an All-Star nod in 2000-01. However, he ruptured his patellar tendon early in the 2001 season and spent much of the next two years trying to get back on the floor, and after playing just 18 games for the Knicks was shipped two Phoenix in 2004. He signed with Detroit to start the 2004-05 season, and reinvented himself as a high-effort post player who was a key cog in the highly-successful Pistons and Spurs machines for the next seven years.