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Update: 11 new NBA players test positive for COVID-19

With the season set to begin in Orlando, fans are becoming concerned

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic argues after being called for a foul against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic argues after being called for a foul against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – As a part of the NBA’s plan to get the season started this summer at Walt Disney World In Orlando, Fla., players are required to complete coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before they are allowed to participate in training camp.

As testing rolls out, positives are beginning to show up with some big name players in the mix.

The list includes:

  • Nikola Jokic -- Denver Nuggets (reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski), the All-Star averages 20 points a game for the squad and was spotted out with world tennis star Novak Djokovic who also tested positive for the virus.
  • Buddy Hield - Sacramento Kings (reported by The Athletics’ Shams Charania), the shooting guard averaged 19 points and four rebounds this season.
  • Malcom Brogdon -- Indiana Pacers (team announced), Brogdon averaged 16 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds this season.
  • Derrick Jones Jr. -- Miami Heat (reported by the Sun Sentinel), the NBA slam dunk champion was averaging a career high 8 points per game.
  • Jabari Parker -- Sacramento Kings (team announced), Parker only appeared in one game with the Kings. He was traded to Sacramento in February by Atlanta, averaging 15 points and five rebounds per game in 32 games with the Hawks this season.
  • 2 Players Unnamed - Phoenix Suns (reported by the Arizona Republic)
  • Alex Len -- Sacramento Kings (reported via his Instagram story), Len was apart of the trade involving the Hawks and Kings, and has averaged six points, seven rebounds and a block per game in nine games with Sacramento.
  • Deandre Jordan -- Brooklyn Nets (announced on personal Twitter account), before the season was put on hold Jordan averaged, eight points and 10 rebounds for the 56 games he was apart of.
  • Nine Players Unnamed - Reported by the NBA
  • Spencer Dinwiddie -- Brooklyn Nets (reported by The Athletic), one of Brooklyn’s rising stars was averaging 20 point and six assists for the squad and is a key component to the teams success.

As cases grow in the state of Florida and positive tests continues to show up within the NBA, fans are wondering if it is worth the trouble with “cancel the season” trending on Twitter.

The NBA season is set to fully resume on July 31.


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