As if this Nets season needed any more bad news.
Promising Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will undergo surgery this week after being diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle, the Brooklyn Nets announced today.
This is the second injury to the ankle Hollis-Jefferson has sustained since joining the Nets; he also missed about a week of preseason after spraining the ankle. He entered Barclays Center Sunday night wearing a walking boot and on crutches, and left walking gingerly on the crutches.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in good spirits, despite the bad news. Said x-rays came back negative initially, cat-scan today showed fracture.
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 7, 2015
The injury comes as a the Nets are 5-15, with all five wins coming after Hollis-Jefferson entered the starting lineup. The Nets have been 11.5 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor this season, by far the best of the team. Most of that difference has come on the defensive end of the floor; Hollis-Jefferson leads all guards in ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus.
A timetable for his return will follow the surgery.