Brooklyn Nets: Evaluating the impact of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson injury

Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out for two to eight weeks, what impact does this injury have on the Brooklyn Nets?

The Brooklyn Nets released further details on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson‘s injury Wednesday afternoon. The Nets forward has been diagnosed with a left adductor strain. An adductor strain is a type of hip strain which is a common sports injury.

The injury occurs when the hip muscle is over-extended, resulting in a strain of the muscle, which can lead to a tear. Fortunately for Hollis-Jefferson, it is only a strain.

Hollis-Jefferson suffered the injury Saturday while playing in a charity exhibition game in Shenzhen, China. The event was hosted by former Net Jeremy Lin. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie and Brooklyn Nets new minority owner Joseph Tsai also took part in the game.

After the injury occurred, Hollis-Jefferson had a short talk with Lin and headed to the locker room. He would not return to the court and did not take part in the post-game team photo. Instead, Hollis-Jefferson flew out to New York to get evaluated.

Impact of Hollis-Jefferson’s injury

A positive takeaway from this injury is that it will not have Hollis-Jefferson miss a good amount of time next season. This is a huge break for the Brooklyn Nets, especially with the preseason beginning Oct. 3.

An adductor strain can take from two to eight weeks to heal and rehab. With that being said, there is a small chance Hollis-Jefferson could miss the 2018-19 season opener.

To go along with the full report of Hollis-Jefferson’s injury, he will begin rehabbing immediately, which gives high hopes for the Nets and their fans.

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As of now, the Nets and their fans should expect to see Hollis-Jefferson active for the Nets season opener. There is a good chance he will be under a minutes restriction to avoid re-aggravating the hip muscle. With that said, who is likely to take his spot?

Sean Marks has done a great job this offseason improving Brooklyn’s frontcourt. Hollis-Jefferson played the power forward position a majority of last season.

Due to the injury, there is a chance Hollis-Jefferson may not start for Brooklyn in their season opener and instead come off the bench if healthy.

Ed Davis or Kenneth Faried would likely be the starter for the Brooklyn Nets at the power forward position.

Fortunately, the injury is not a big issue for the Brooklyn Nets. Injuries played a big role last season for the Nets and arguably cost them a playoff push.

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Hollis-Jefferson averaged 28.2 minutes, 13.9 points, and 6.8 total rebounds per game last season.