NBA Rumors: Jazz’s Walker Kessler Could Miss Multiple Games With Elbow Injury

NBA Rumors: Jazz’s Walker Kessler Could Miss Multiple Games With Elbow Injury
Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IINovember 8, 2023

DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Walker Kessler #24 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Ball Arena on October 30, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)

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Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler may miss multiple games with a left elbow sprain, per Tony Jones of The Athletic:

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba

Walker Kessler is doubtful tonight with a left elbow sprain. Some context. I’m hearing this is not expected to be a long term injury, but I’m also hearing this isn’t expected to be a one or even two game injury. The Jazz may have to go some games without their starting center

The origin of the injury is from the team’s season-opener against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 25, per Jones.

Kessler was listed as questionable for Utah’s game at the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday before being downgraded to doubtful.

Kessler made the NBA All-Rookie First Team last season after a tremendous year when he averaged 9.2 points on 72.0 percent shooting, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He averaged 23.0 minutes over 74 games (40 starts).

This year hasn’t been as efficient for Kessler, who joined the starting lineup full time. He’s posted 8.3 points on 54.9 percent shooting, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over 24.0 minutes per game.

Jones noted that Kessler has been dealing with the injury all season, which may explain why the 2023-24 season hasn’t been as prosperous. He’s still gone out there every day and put up some good performances, though, including a 22-point, 13-rebound outing versus the Denver Nuggets and a 15-point, 15-rebound, four-block game against the Chicago Bulls.

Unfortunately, it appears the Jazz will have to roll without Kessler for an undetermined period of time. Backup big man Kelly Olynyk could see more playing time in Kessler’s place, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Omer Yurtseven see more time off the bench as well.

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