The Washington Wizards reported today that they lost two players to injury heading into training camp in less than two weeks from now.
Chris Singleton will have surgery to repair a Jones fracture to the fifth metatarsal of his left foot and will be out of action for 6 to 8 weeks.
Singleton is entering his third NBA season after being drafted 18th overall by the Wizards in 2011. While he has put up decent defensive numbers, the 6’8 combo-forward has trouble scoring and averaged 4.1 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting last year. It was hoped that his offensive prowess might improve over the summer. Singleton’s injury happened during a voluntary workout at Verizon Center on Tuesday.
Emeka Okafor was diagnosed with herniated C4 cervical disc in his neck. The herniated disc was discovered by an MRI after Okafor complained about discomfort in his neck. He is out indefinitely.
“I have worked hard over the summer and was looking forward to the start of training camp next week, so this is a disappointing and frustrating situation for me,” said Okafor. “But I have confidence that my teammates and coaches will be able to continue to take steps towards our goal of making the playoffs and that I will be able to do my part to help them once I return.”
“Emeka’s professionalism and dedication to taking care of his body are among the best I have ever seen during my time in this league as a player, coach and executive and I know that he will be diligent in his efforts to return to the court as soon as possible,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “Until then, his absence will create opportunities for other players to step up and provide the rebounding and defense that Emeka normally contributes.”
The 30-year-old Okafor is the Wizards starting center and his veteran presence will be sorely missed on this young team. Last season he averaged 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and a block per game in 26 minutes.