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J.J. Hickson | Center/Forward

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 242
College: North Carolina State
Contract: view contract details

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J.J. Hickson (knee) returned to action on Tuesday, scoring four points with two rebounds in 15 minutes.
He took a seat after reaching his medical limit for playing time, and it's uncertain how long he'll face restrictions. The six-year veteran averaged 11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in favorable circumstances last year, and nobody needs to worry about him in standard leagues. Oct 22 - 9:07 AM

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J.J. Hickson, who is recovering from knee surgery, is reportedly "close" to playing for the Nuggets.

There's still no word on exactly when we'll see him on the court, but it should be in the preseason. And with JaVale McGee struggling to get back in action, Hickson could see some nice burn early in the season.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 9 - 1:53 AM

J.J. Hickson (knee surgery) is unlikely to play against the Lakers on Monday night.

Coach Brian Shaw did say Hickson has a chance, but the Nuggets are going to limit him. Hickson had a season-ending ACL surgery in March and may have a chance to play after his five-game suspension. He is unlikely to get minutes at center this year and Kenneth Faried has been fantastic, so Hickson's opportunity is not really there right now.
Oct 2 - 7:52 PM

J.J. Hickson (knee) is expected to participate in some of the team's practice on Wednesday.

He is recovering from ACL surgery and will have a five-game suspension to start the year. Kenneth Faried's arrow is pointing straight up, so Hickson is just going to be a backup this season. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 8:51 PM

J.J. Hickson received a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.

It's for marijuana and he will not be paid for those games. Hickson is recovering from ACL surgery and is hoping to be ready for training camp. With Hickson out, Kenneth Faired will get all the minutes he can handle while JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov will hold down the center spot. Hickson is not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 17 - 4:06 PM

J.J. Hickson (ACL surgery) is eyeing a return to the court by training camp after undergoing surgery in May.

Just two months into his rehab, Hickson is pleased with his progress and is hoping to be back with the Nuggets by training camp. "My rehab is going great," he said. "I’ve got a good spirit about myself right now. I’m in a good place. I don’t think I was ever down. It still hasn’t hit me that I tore my ACL, but I know what I’m dealing with and I’m ready for the challenge." There were reports recently that had the big man out until January, but Hickson denied that timetable, "That’s false," he said. "I’m looking to be ready for training camp. If not, definitely before the season starts." We're guessing training camp might be a bit ambitious, but fantasy owners should keep Hickson on their draft boards unless he experiences any setbacks.
May 29 - 9:34 AM

J.J. Hickson (ACL surgery) expects to return to the court in January, according to

Hickson had surgery in late March and his 10-month timetable is typical for a torn ACL, though every player's injury and recovery is unique. He played 27 minutes per game with Denver last season but was nowhere near providing fantasy value in typical leagues, due largely to his awful 51.7 percent FT shooting on 4.2 attempts per game.
May 17 - 6:39 PM

J.J. Hickson had surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn right ACL.

Hickson, who is owed a guaranteed $11 million over the next two seasons, may not be fully recovered in time for opening day of the 2014-15 season. The Nuggets are currently relying on Timofey Mozgov, Jan Vesely and Anthony Randolph to step up with both Hickson and JaVale McGee out of the picture with injuries.
Mar 25 - 3:05 PM

An MRI on Saturday revealed J.J. Hickson suffered a torn right ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

He suffered the injury on Friday night in the fourth quarter and this is the first noteworthy knee injury of his career. Hickson will likely miss the beginning of next year due to the injury and will remain under contract with the Nuggets. With Hickson out, the Nuggets will likely go with a smaller lineup and actually went with a lineup of Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Evan Fournier and Darrell Arthur for most of the time following Hickson's injury in the fourth. Timofey Mozgov will continue to start while the team is expected to increase Jan Vesely's minutes. Anthony Randolph and Darrell Arthur also project to get more playing time.

J.J. Hickson (right knee) will not play against the Wizards on Sunday night.

The team is still awaiting the results of his MRI and we'll pass along those results upon their release. Darrell Arthur, Jan Vesely and Anthony Randolph figure to get more action with Timofey Mozgov not really capable of playing big minutes. Hickson fantasy owners can look to cut him in a do-or-die situation.

J.J. Hickson suffered a right knee sprain on Friday and will have an MRI on Saturday.

He played well with 18 points and eight boards against the Mavericks and the extent of his sprain is not known. Considering the team will give him an MRI, chances are he could miss Sunday's game vs. the Wizards. Timofey Mozgov would see more minutes at center while Anthony Randolph could get in the mix more.
Mar 21 - 11:47 PM

J.J. Hickson scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds in Monday's win over the Clippers.

True to form Hickson hit just 3-of-7 free throws and had no other stats. If you're punting 6-7 categories or in a format that rewards scoring and rebounding he could be worth a look, but in the rest of the free world he needs big nightly performances in those two strong areas to be rostered in reasonably sized leagues.
Mar 18 - 2:05 AM

J.J. Hickson came off the bench for 11 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's loss.

Despite being replaced in the starting lineup by Timofey Mozgov, Hickson is playing well off the bench, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds over his last five games.
Mar 15 - 10:11 PM

J.J. Hickson came off the bench for 12 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 19 minutes on Sunday, as the Nuggets fell on the road in New Orleans.

Hickson continues to play well in limited minutes off the bench, a role in which he's averaging 9.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He made 6-of-9 FGs tonight but also committed seven turnovers and went 0-of-2 at the FT line. He's shooting an abysmal 52.2 percent from the charity stripe this season, on 4.0 attempts per game, which is reason enough to avoid him in most eight- and nine-category leagues.
Mar 9 - 9:46 PM

J.J. Hickson played just 15 minutes on Friday, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

Hickson blocked five shots and went for 16 and five on Wednesday but here is your most recent evidence that he can't be trusted. He hovers around the bottom of the top 200 in standard formats.
Mar 8 - 12:59 AM

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PG1Ty Lawson
2Randy Foye
3Nate Robinson
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Gary Harris
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wilson Chandler
3Alonzo Gee
PF1Kenneth Faried
2J.J. Hickson
3Darrell Arthur
C1Timofey Mozgov
2JaVale McGee
3Jusuf Nurkic