The Las Vegas Aces took a blow this week as news broke Thursday that fourth-year guard Kelsey Plum had torn her left Achilles tendon and will miss the 2020 WNBA season.
The franchise announced that Plum had gone through a successful surgery to repair the tendon and is expected to make a full recovery. Plum then tweeted that she had suffered the injury earlier this week.
Where do I start….I tore my achillies tendon couple days ago. So many people that love and support me and will stand by me through this, I’m grateful. I’ll be back, better than ever. Just wait on it ✊
— Kelsey Plum (@Kelseyplum10) June 11, 2020
"All of Las Vegas is in Kelsey's corner and pulling for a quick recover," said Las Vegas Aces General Manager Dan Podaver per release. "We know that she will attack her rehabilitation with the same intensity with which she attacks the court and we can't wait to see her back at The House."
Plum had recently signed an extension with the Las Vegas franchise earlier this spring and has proven to be a vital piece to their quest to win a championship. Many expected Plum to continue her upward trend of confidence and level of play in the league and anticipated that 2020 would be a breakout season for the young star.
Plum's number have continued to rise. In 2019, she led the Aces to the semifinals of the WNBA Playoffs elevating her play averaging 15.2 points, 7.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
It is unknown at this time what the Aces will do to replace Plum on the court. The blow hurts them from a shooting standpoint and we could see a signing take place soon. Who are some key players? Alex Bentley could fit the bill and provide shooting and facilitating they now lack. But we will see.
Nonetheless, Plum is the future of the WNBA and we all wish her a safe and speedy recovery! She will be missed this season greatly.