Last season, Jameer Nelson suffered an injury that derailed his campaign and essentially ended the Orlando Magic’s chances of winning the NBA championship. After getting hurt on Monday, the Magic recently learned that they’ll need to learn to live without their starting point guard again.
Nelson is to undergo surgery for torn left knee cartilage on Wednesday and is expected to be out as long as six weeks. In other words, it could be 2010 before the Magic have Nelson running their offense again.
An All-Star last season, Nelson is averaging 13.7 points, 5.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds, while shooting 44.4% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the three-point arc.
Without Nelson, the Magic will likely turn to Jason Williams to start at point guard. Williams, who was out of the NBA last year, is averaging 5.4 points and 4.0 assists in 18.4 minutes per game. Williams will have to play well if the Magic are going to be able to stay near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.