Washington Wizards rookie forward Deni Avdija suffered a gruesome ankle injury on Wednesday and required a wheelchair to leave the court.
The injury occurred late in the second quarter during Washington’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Avdija cut to the basket for a layup attempt before falling to the ground and clutching his right leg after he landed.
Replay from the baseline shows Avdija’s right leg bend to the outside while his right foot is pinned below his body. He immediately reached for his leg following the unnatural contortion.
Be warned, the video below is graphic.
Jordan Bell covered Avdija’s injured leg with a warmup jersey as trainers tended to the Wizards rookie.
He eventually left the floor on a wheelchair.
The Wizards diagnosed Avdija with a right ankle injury and ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
The team didn’t provide a further prognosis in the immediate aftermath of his injury.
Who is Deni Avdija?
Washington selected Avdija out of Israel with the No. 9 pick in last year’s NBA draft. Then 6-9 forward projects as a high-upside playmaker, defender and scorer if he can develop a reliable jumpshot. He’s considered a work in progress at this stage of his NBA career, but many analysts considered his selection with the No. 9 pick a steal for the Wizards.
In 53 games including 31 starts, Avdija is averaging 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.5 minutes per game while shooting 41.7% from the floor and 31.5% from 3-point distance. A significant leg injury would obviously be a setback for his development.
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