This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.
Injuries are already shaping the fantasy landscape, with a number of key plays falling victim to early season ailments. While Will Barton or Lauri Markkanen owners may not agree, injuries can also lead to opportunities, giving rise to unexpected fantasy contributors.
We are getting the first glimpse at such a situation in Memphis:
JaMychal Green, Grizzlies
The Grizzlies' starting power forward is slated to miss at least four weeks after breaking his jaw in a win over Atlanta. The impact from a stray elbow damaged Green's teeth and resulted in a fracture significant enough to require surgery to mend.
The jaw is made up of the multiple bones that contain the teeth. The upper jaw is comprised of the two paired maxilla bones and contains the top row of teeth. The lower jaw is a single bone, the mandible. It is the only freely moveable bone of the skull and holds the bottom set of teeth.
Jaw fractures in the NBA are relatively uncommon. Over the past 13 seasons, there have been 11 recorded jaw fractures in the NBA, including breaks of the mandible and maxillae. This list, headlined by players like Kyrie Irving, Lou Williams, and former Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet, includes Green, who suffered a broken maxilla during the 2016-17 season. The average missed time for these injuries is five games for non-surgical cases and jumps to nine for those that require surgical intervention.
Green's injury is expected to require more time and sets