Atlanta Hawks’ center Zaza Pachulia has become the latest addition to Hawks shot down for the 2012-13 season.
Pachulia, who has been out since March 3 with an injury to his foot, will have surgery to repair his Achilles’ tendon later this week. His expected recovery time will be six months, meaning that the pending free agent may have played his last game in a Hawks uniform.
Pachulia has appeared in 52 games (including 15 starts) with the Hawks in this, his eighth season. The 29 year old center has averaged 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 21.8 minutes per game.
Since Pachulia went down with the injury, Johan Petro has been inserted into the Hawks’ lineup more frequently. Since March 3 when Pachulia went down, the Hawks have posted an 8-8 record.
The injury is not the first significant one to hit the Hawks this season, as this list shows. The team hopes, however, that this is the last significant injury the team has heading into the playoffs. John Jenkins left their last game with a concussion, but the team hopes the reserve shooter will not be out too long.
Lou Williams, who was the Hawks’ primary offseason acquisition, went down with a torn ACL in January to get knocked out for the season. Williams had been putting up 14.1 points and 3.6 assists per game prior to the injury, and had been giving a real spark in both reserve and starting roles.
Devin Harris has had a various assortment of nagging feet injuries since being picked up from Utah in the offseason. He has missed 17 games this season, but is still a welcome improvement over Marvin Williams, who he was acquired for. Harris is averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Josh Smith has missed a couple of stretches of action this season. He has had both a sprained knee and a hip contusion this year that has cause da couple of missed games. Still, he has fought to get back in the lineup quickly each time something tries to knock him out.
DeShawn Stevenson has been a useful addition this season, after being picked up from Brooklyn. However, his injury history has caused him to miss quite a few games this season, including every second part of back-to-back games. He has appeared in 50 of Atlanta’s 72 games.
Pachulia has been out since March 3 with an Achilles injury. After visiting several doctors, Pachulia is opting to have surgery on the heel, which will keep him out of action until training camp commences for the 2013-14 season.