Udoka Azubuike Suffers Subluxation Of Ankle

Nov 27, 2021, 2:04 PM
Utah Jazz center Udoka Azubuike (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)...
Utah Jazz center Udoka Azubuike (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will be without Udoka Azubuike for an extended period of time after the second-year center suffered a serious ankle injury.

Azubuike landed awkwardly on his right ankle in the Salt Lake City Stars loss to the Stockton Kings on Friday night and had to be carried off the floor by his teammates unable to put any weight on the foot.

On Saturday, the Jazz announced that Azubuike had suffered a subluxation of the ankle, but X-rays revealed no fractures.

This is the second consecutive season that Azubuike has suffered a major ankle injury while playing for the Stars. Last season the then-rookie came down hard on his ankle during the Stars season opener in February and wouldn’t return to the floor until mid-May.

The injury is another major setback for Azubuike who the Jazz selected with the 27th pick of the 2020 NBA draft.

The big man has appeared in just 19 total games and has career averages of 0.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, and has yet to record an assist in his first two seasons.

Warning, the video in the tweet below depicts a graphic injury. 

Azubuike’s best play has come with the Jazz during the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues.

In seven appearances between the two leagues, Azubuike averaged 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks while shooting an impressive 85 percent from the floor.

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