Kevin Durant has suffered a fractured foot and will miss 6-8 weeks or about the first month of the season.
Durant is suffering from what is called “Jones” fracture. This is terrible news for basketball fans everywhere.
This is a tough loss for the Oklahoma City Thunder with the season just around the corner. The Thunder are one of the hand full of teams with realistic aspirations to make it to and win the NBA Finals. Durant is coming off of his MVP season where he carried the Thunder for the majority of the season with his running mate having and recovering from knee procedures. Durant was on tear last year. He is undoubtedly the second best player in the league, I know Durant doesn’t like hearing that from people. He isn’t far off from catching Lebron James. What Durant is missing is what alluded Lebron for many years and that’s an NBA championship.
Unfortunately for Durant his season is already off to a rocky start. Obviously this isn’t how Durant wanted to defend his MVP. The recovery time usually associated with this injury is 6-8 weeks. But that doesn’t include getting back into NBA shape or being in the type of shape Durant would what to be in. It’s crazy to think that Durant withdrew from Team USA after seeing Paul George suffer a season ending injury during an intra-squad scrimmage game to prevent himself from getting hurt and get some much needed rest. Yet one week into the preseason and he’s on the shelf , It goes to show you that you can get hurt anytime anywhere.
What will be really interesting to watch while Durant is out is how Russell Westbrook responds and carries the team in Durant’s absence. By now you either are a fan of Westbrook or not. There really is no middle ground with him, he’s that polarizing as a player. He’s been criticized sometimes unfairly of being too selfish. So it will be fun to watch Westbrook have the greenest light he’s ever had in the NBA for 6-8 weeks as he tries to keep the Thunder afloat till Durant can return, which he is more than capable to do. Westbrook averaged better numbers with Durant not on the floor. Westbrook is arguably the most athletic point guard the league has ever seen. The one thing that Westbrook does great is attacking the rim and either finishing or kicking out to an open shooter. Westbrook is an explosive offensive player and he will unleashed in the beginning of the season. And I can’t wait to see him play under these conditions
However, the absence of Durant will be felt because as great as Westbrook is he can’t as Stephen A. Smith would say on the ESPN FIRST TAKE “pull up from 30!!”. Kevin Durant will go down as one of the greatest scorers in the NBA and one of the greatest to play the game of basketball. Durant is a matchup nightmare for every team. He can shot over anyone and has handles of guard. What makes Durant such a unique player is his ability to play off-ball and get open for open jumpers. This is something that Westbrook doesn’t necessarily do well, it’s not part of his game. Westbrook usage rate will be the highest in league during Durant’s absence. It’s all on Westbrook and see if he can lead the team and be the alpha dog.
The Thunder will be fine for the first month or so without its all-star forward in Kevin Durant, if he only misses that much time, but he will definitely be missed. I just can’t wait to see “The Westbrook Show” to begin as it will be must watch tv. Russell Westbrook “you’re the real MVP.”