On Saturday, Kelly Oubre Jr., a forward with the Philadelphia 76ers, was reportedly struck by a motor vehicle near his residence in Philadelphia, a report from ESPN says.
According to a representative from Oubre’s camp, the basketball player is in stable condition after being treated at a local hospital. His injuries will likely sideline him for a considerable time but are not expected to end his season, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski wrote that Oubre has been discharged from the hospital and “will work closely with the 76ers medical staff on treatment and care for his injuries.” Authorities are continuing to investigate the details of the incident.
Oubre is in his ninth NBA season and has been a crucial member of the 76ers since joining them this offseason. Oubre has previously played for the Wizards, Suns, Warriors and Hornets.
The 6-foot 7-inch swingman has shown impressive form in his early games with the 76ers, averaging 16.3 points and 5.1 rebounds, with a notable 38% success rate in three-point shooting across eight games, according to CBS Sports.
His contributions have been especially crucial due to James Harden’s trade to the LA Clippers. Due to his own unexpected absence, the team will likely rely increasingly on the players acquired in the Harden deal.
This includes Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris and K.J. Martin. So far, only Batum and Covington have seen significant playtime under head coach Nick Nurse.
The 76ers began the season strong and currently lead the Eastern Conference with a 7-1 record. Oubre has been a significant part of that success, as the team has scored nearly seven more points per 100 possessions while he’s on the court, CBS Sports reported.
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