Kevin Durant’s recovery from a ruptured Achilles could make or break the Brooklyn Nets over the next few years.
They still offered him a max contract with the hopes that he can return to his superstar self. It’s highly unlikely that Durant plays at all next season.
According to Dr. Steven Weinfeld, Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System, there is a strong chance that Durant can make a full recovery.
“I think he’ll probably be somewhere between 90 and 100%,” stated Dr. Weinfeld via Nets Insider. “That’s my thought assuming everything goes smoothly and he doesn’t have any setbacks, I think you can expect somewhere in the 90 to 100% range.”
This is hopeful news for Brooklyn. Obviously, Durant still has a long way to go before he’s fully recovered, but he is the key to the Nets’ championship dreams.
Kyrie Irving is an All-NBA caliber player, but he isn’t enough to elevate the Nets to a championship contender by himself. That much was evident during his time with the Boston Celtics.
Rather, Irving is perfect for the role of Robin to Durant’s Batman. This is the formula the Cleveland Cavaliers used to capture a title in 2016. LeBron James was the alpha dog with Irving there to lighten the load.
If Durant can return to 90% of what he once was, the Nets will be able to use that same formula that brought Cleveland a championship.