Two Atlanta Hawks Rookies to Face Prolonged Absence Due to Injuries

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 14: Kobe Bufkin #4 of the Atlanta Hawks poses for a portrait during the 2023 NBA rookie photo shoot at UNLV on July 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

According to an official team announcement, the Atlanta Hawks will have to endure an extended absence of two of their rookie players.

Guard Kobe Bufkin recently went through an X-ray and medical assessment for his fractured left thumb, and his expected recovery period spans 8 to 10 weeks from the injury date, which occurred on November 2.

This unfortunate event took place during a practice session with the team’s G League affiliate, the College Park Skyhawks.

Kobe Bufkin, originating from Michigan, holds the distinction of being the first player selected outside the lottery in the June draft.

As the 15th overall pick, he managed to make two brief appearances with the Hawks before his injury.

Meanwhile, forward Mouhamed Gueye, who had been absent from the last two games due to a right lower back strain, underwent an MRI on Saturday, revealing a stress fracture in his right lower back.

His condition will undergo re-evaluation in four weeks. Similar to Bufkin, Gueye had also briefly graced the NBA stage with two appearances before his injury.

Gueye was chosen as the 39th overall pick, a selection acquired by the Hawks in a draft-night trade with the Celtics.

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