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The Sixers have announced that rookie forward Jahlil Okafor will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Okafor was the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and though he ran into some off court troubles, he was a beast on the floor and his potential has the Sixers excited about their future.
Okafor averaged 17.5 points on 50 percent shooting from the field to go with 7.0 rebounds per game in 53 games for Philly. Via NBA.com:
On Friday afternoon, 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie disclosed the findings of the CT conducted Tuesday on Okafor’s right knee, which recently began bothering him again.
“Jahlil started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated,” said Hinkie in a statement released by the Sixers. “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.”
Okafor, who missed two games in late December because of right knee soreness, will “undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure,” according to Hinkie. Specific details related to the operation will be determined in the days ahead. Hinkie’s statement also said, however, “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 Sixers’ final contest of the regular season is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th at Chicago, a date that falls outside Okafor’s prescribed timetable for recovery.