Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor requires surgery on his right knee and has subsequently been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Okafor is understood to have torn his meniscus when he collided with team-mate Isaiah Canaan during the Sixers’ 130-116 loss to the Orlando Magic on February 28.
Okafor missed the next four games due to a shin contusion before he was sidelined for Wednesday’s 118-104 loss to the Houston Rockets due to knee soreness.
“Jahlil recently started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said in a team statement. After a comprehensive series of tests and additional evaluation by our medical team, it was revealed that he has a small tear of the meniscus.
“Jahlil will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure to address the injury. Timing and details of the procedure will be finalized in the coming days.
“Our medical team will continually monitor and evaluate Jahlil’s progress, and we anticipate he will resume full basketball activities in approximately six weeks.”
The 20-year-old’s injury is a big blow for the Sixers as he averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 block in the 53 games he played this season.