On April 6, a Very Smart Blogger opined that Amida Brimah was one frontcourt injury away from his first NBA minutes.
That prediction is one step closer to becoming true, as the Indiana Pacers have signed Brimah to a two-way contract. On Monday, it was announced Pacers star center Myles Turner was out indefinitely with a toe injury.
The Pacers are jockeying for better seeding in the Eastern Conference. Indiana currently sits at the ninth, only 4.5 games back from the fourth-place Atlanta Hawks. Not only is Turner out for the foreseeable future, but fellow big man Domantas Sabonis is also day-to-day with a back injury and Goga Bitadze is battling an ankle injury. Brimah may be stepping into some very important minutes for the Pacers.
Brimah, 27-years old, started in nine of ten games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the truncated 2021 season, averaging eight points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He finished second in the league in blocks per game (2.9).
For Husky fans looking for an NBA team to follow, you wouldn’t do much better than Indiana. Jeremy Lamb is averaging 10 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Pacers in just over 21 minutes. Unfortunately, the Pacers don’t play any other Husky alums in the remaining regular-season slate, but maybe if things go well for Brimah, he can meet Kemba Walker and the Celtics at the rim in the Eastern Conference playoffs.