76ers forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was struck by a motor vehicle while walking near his Philadelphia residence on Saturday and received treatment at a local hospital.
On Sunday morning, Oubre was said to have sustained broken ribs, as well as several bruises and cuts, per The Athletic, but he is in stable condition.
He is expected to be sidelined for a significant period of time, however none of his injuries are considered to be season-ending, according to ESPN. Oubre will work with the 76ers’ medical staff on care for his injuries.
The 76ers issued the following statement on Oubre’s accident:
“Kelly Oubre Jr. was a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle tonight in Center City, Philadelphia. He is currently in stable condition and being treated at a local hospital. We will share more information as it becomes available. Please join us in sending our best to Kelly and his family as he recovers from the incident.”
Philadelphia police said Oubre was hit in the chest by a vehicle that was traveling at a high speed. The suspected car then fled the scene after the incident.
In his ninth NBA season, Oubre joined the 76ers this past offseason after stints with the Wizards, Suns, Warriors and Hornets to begin his career. The 6-foot-7 swingman has flourished early in Philadelphia, averaging 16.3 points and 5.1 rebounds on 38% 3-point shooting in eight games.
The 76ers have needed Oubre’s scoring to start the season with James Harden recently being traded to the Clippers.
Depending on how much time Oubre misses, Philadelphia will likely lean on the bevy of the forwards picked up in that deal: Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris and KJ Martin. Of that group, only Batum and Covington have received significant playing time from head coach Nick Nurse thus far.
The 76ers, who won again Sunday night, have raced out to a 8-1 start, the best in the Eastern Conference.
Oubre has been a large part of their success so far, with the team scoring nearly seven more points per 100 possessions with him on the court compared to when he’s on the bench. Finding a replacement for him will be no easy task.