Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor will have surgery on a small tear in the meniscus of his right knee and miss six weeks, the team announced Friday.
Okafor had missed the team’s last five games with multiple injuries, including soreness in his right knee. The recovery from surgery is expected to keep him out for the rest of the season.
Okafor, the No. 3 pick by Philadelphia in last year’s draft, is averaging 17.5 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. The date of his knee procedure is still to be determined.
The former Duke star was scoring well before his injury, averaging over 21 points in his last five games. The 76ers are 9–56 and heading toward another finish in the lottery.
Philadelphia snapped a 13-game losing streak in a 95–89 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.