Golden State Warriors: Festus Ezeli Out 6-9 Months After Knee Surgery

January 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) looks on during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors could be without one of their pivotal role players next season.

Festus Ezeli is expected to miss a minimum of 6-9 months after undergoing surgery on his right knee, the Warriors announced.

The surgery, which was performed on Wednesday, repaired both the MCL and the PCL in Ezeli’s knee.

If you are wondering, both the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) connect the thigh bone to the shin bone in the knee.

Ezeli was drafted 30th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Warriors.

He averaged 2.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season, appearing in 78 contests. He started a decent amount of games towards the beginning of the season due to Andrew Bogut’s injuries, and held his own as a rookie.

Team doctors believe that he will be out 6-9 months, which means that the earliest he can return to the court will be towards the end of December, more than two months into the NBA season. The worst case scenario would be that he comes back in late March of 2014, near the end of the season.

Without Ezeli, the Warriors will need Bogut to stay healthy and produce at the level he was playing at during the playoffs.

But if Bogut doesn’t stay healthy, the only center left on the roster will be Andris Biedrins. Oh dear.