The Toronto Raptors will be without backup guard Norman Powell indefinitely, as the 25-year-old is set to miss four-to-six weeks with left shoulder subluxation.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news.
Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with his left shoulder subluxation, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 7, 2018
Powell got injured in Monday's road victory over the Utah Jazz, and now head coach Nick Nurse is without one of his most productive bench players for at least one month. The good news is that the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors own by far the league's best bench, so the roster depth is there to get by despite Powell's absence.
On the season, the fourth-year guard is averaging five points and two rebounds per game. For his career, Powell has career averages of 6.5 points, 1.1 assists and two rebounds per game - shooting .429 from the field.
Powell signed a four-year contract extension worth $42 million with the Raptors last season. He became an integral piece of a team that set a franchise record with 59 wins, though they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the postseason.
With the likes of Powell, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles, the Raptors have built together one of the best bench units throughout the past several years. Even though Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry are enjoying MVP-like seasons, the Raptor bench has been key in leading them to the top record in the East.
The Raptors have rested the aforementioned Leonard for several games this season, as he deals with a foot injury. But besides that, they've avoided the injury bug and have stayed relatively healthy in the early stages of the season.
Losing Powell for at least a month will hurt, but the Raptor bench will get another chance to step up and show the league what they're made of. That's at least all coach Nurse can hope for until Powell returns.