Israeli Star Avdija Out for the Remainder of the Year with Broken Ankle
Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle.
The Israeli star suffered a hairline fracture during the Wizards’ Wednesday night game against the Golden State Warriors after landing awkwardly off a missed layup late in the second quarter. The 20-year old was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
X-ray results confirmed the fracture.
“Seeing a guy go down like that is real scary,” Wizards center Daniel Gafford said. “You never know what is going to happen. Seeing him down on the floor as long as that, I felt his pain. I understand it’s going to be a long road to recovery, but with the trainers that we got, he’s in good hands.
“It’s a tough blow for him right now, because I am pretty sure he is going to be out for a good amount of time. It’s real tough. An ankle injury is one of the worst injuries, to me, because I have been through that.”
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, surgery will not be required and the estimated recovery time is estimated to be between two to three months.
“Two things about Deni I love: He cares a lot and he works extremely hard,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “And those are two characteristics that we want our program to be about. Has he had an up-and-down year, absolutely. You look at all the great rookies, the MVPs in the league, look at their rookie year, it’s no different. Sometimes, we put too much pressure on these players to be 27-year-olds right away.
“Deni cares, he works hard, is an outstanding kid and we are lucky to have him on our team. We are going to keep getting him better.”
In his rookie campaign, Avdija has averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.