Surprisingly, the worst injury to a star player goes to New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez.
Lopez sustained a non-displaced stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot that required surgery before the season started. His prognosis was a six-to-eight-week recovery time.
While a Lopez-less Nets team looks incredibly awful, his injury stifles the Nets from getting Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard.
The Nets were frontrunners in landing Howard, as they made his shortlist of teams he would sign a long-term contract with. However, without Lopez as a centerpiece in that trade, the Magic would be more inclined to look at the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks for talent.
And if Howard goes elsewhere, the Nets have no chance of retaining Deron Williams, who has stated he wants better players around him.
Bob Bajek is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Bulls. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.