It would appear that the 2013-14 NBA season is over for Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson, as the team announced on Saturday that Hickson would undergo surgery to repair a torn right ACL suffered on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
From SI.com, Hickson crumpled to the floor with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Replays showed his leg collapse under his own weight as he planted his foot, with no contact from an opponent. Hickson limped off the court, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
This is yet another big injury blow to a team that has had more than their fair share (Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson are all out for the season), and first-year coach Brian Shaw will have a tough time replacing Hickson’s minutes. The loss of Hickson could open up a lot of minutes for Jan Vesely, who was acquired from the Wizards at the trade deadline.
Hickson averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game over 69 appearances this season for Denver. He had signed a three-year, $16.1 million contract with the Nuggets last summer.