This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.
In the latest edition of NBA Injury Analysis, Jeff Stotts takes a look at five of the biggest injury storylines impacting the fantasy basketball landscape.
Zion Williamson, Pelicans
The fantasy landscape was altered early when Pelicans executive David Griffin announced that Williamson underwent surgery in the offseason to address a foot fracture. There was hope the third-year forward would be back by Opening Night but Williamson has yet to take the court as his recovery continues.
Williamson suffered a broken fifth metatarsal, one of the long bones of the foot that bridges the tarsal bones of the midfoot to the bones of the toes. The fifth metatarsal is located on the outside of the foot, at the base of the pinkie toe. Fractures of the fifth metatarsal are common occurrences in the NBA and can occur in an assortment of ways. However, location of the break tends to be the biggest deciding factor in treatment options and subsequent time lost. If the fracture site is located at or near the base of the fifth metatarsal the injury is considered a Jones fracture. These types of injuries often require surgery as the area has a poor blood supply. By inserting surgical hardware, the chances of a delayed union or nonunion are reduced.
Recovery can occur in six-to-eight weeks though an 8-to-10-week window is likely a safer estimate. The average time lost for recent in-season fifth metatarsal fractures is about 42 games (roughly 10 to 11 weeks). Players like Kevin Durant