Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson will miss two-to-three weeks with a strained left calf, the team announced Monday night.
Jefferson suffered the injury seven minutes into the Hornets’ 87-82 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. He had one point and one rebound before leaving the game.
Jefferson is having a relatively quiet season, at least compared to his standards. His playing time is down to 26.2 minutes per game, the lowest since his second year in the NBA. He’s averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds, which are also the lowest marks in those categories since that aforementioned second season:
Hornets announce Big Al out 2-3 weeks w/ calf strain. CHA gradually moving away from Al, including insome crunch times, has been interesting
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 1, 2015
Charlotte has only been modestly successful with Jefferson on the floor this year. The Hornets’ offensive rating is up at 106.3 points per 100 possessions with the big man, but the defensive rating sits at 104.4 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. That 1.9 net rating is second-worst on the team, and Charlotte’s defense is significantly better when he sits.
With Jefferson out, players like Cody Zeller, Spencer Hawes, Frank Kaminsky and maybe even Tyler Hansbrough will have to pick up the slack in the frontcourt. Marvin Williams will also be relied upon, as he played 37 minutes against Milwaukee.