Brooklyn Nets rookie wing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will miss eight-to-10 weeks after surgery to repair a fractured right ankle, the team announced Wednesday.
Hollis-Jefferson injured the ankle in a practice over the weekend and was on crutches Sunday before it was determined that surgery was needed.
This is an unfortunate break for the rookie and a 6-15 Nets team that doesn’t have many positives. The 20-year-old out of Arizona, who was acquired on draft night, has been one of the few bright spots with his strong play.
Hollis-Jefferson’s basic numbers of 5.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game aren’t all that noteworthy, but he’s impressed with his defense, hustle and ability to do some of the little things on the court. He’s averaging 1.4 steals on the year.
Looking deeper into the numbers, and you can see what kind of impact Hollis-Jefferson has had on the defense. The Nets have given up 98.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor this season, compared to 106.6 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the bench, per NBA.com. Brooklyn has been outscored by 1.6 points per 100 possessions with him on the court and 9.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the bench.