Injury type: Torn ACL
Injury year: 2009
Pre-injury stats: 331 G, 14.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Post-injury stats: 370 G, 18.9 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.4 BPG
Al Jefferson has had a frustrating career in that whenever he starts to get some momentum going, injuries have slowed him down. The centerpiece of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to the Celtics, Jefferson blossomed in Minnesota and was looking like an All-Star when he tore his ACL 50 games into the 2008-09 season. His recovery went smoothly, and in the five years since he has shown year-over-year improvement to the point that last year he was named to the All-NBA Third Team, the first individual honor of his career.