Jahlil Okafor.

Jahlil Okafor to have season-ending knee surgery

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The Philadelphia 76ers have not had much to write home about as they prop up the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-56.

They snapped their 13 game winless streak on Friday night with a 95-89 victory over division rivals the Brooklyn Nets.

But they had to do it without Jahlil Okafor after it was revealed the rookie center will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. 

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The 20-year-old experienced some discomfort in his right knee and, as per a statement released by the president of basketball relations and general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers Sam Hinkie, he has a small tear to his meniscus. 

He will undergo surgery to repair the issue and is expected to resume full basketball activity in around six weeks. 

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Okafor is seen as one of the main pillars in a brighter future for the Atlantic Division franchise and has averaged 17.5 points, seven rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. 

The Duke product scored a career-high 31 points during a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks in February. 

Arguably his best performance of the season came in another win over the Brooklyn Nets when he finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 103-98 win at the Wells Fargo Center in early February.

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