Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant was recently seen walking in New York City without any noticeable limp.
Durant ruptured his Achilles in the NBA Finals this past June. Achilles injuries tend to be one of the worst injuries a basketball player can suffer. There is still no firm timetable on when Durant will return to the court.
That trio is flanked by a stable of quality players who fill a vital niche for Brooklyn. Joe Harris is the lights-out shooter, Spencer Dinwiddie is a dynamic threat off the bench, and Taurean Prince provides steady play on both ends of the floor.
Without Durant, the Nets are unlikely championship contenders in 2019-20. That being said, Brooklyn is planning to compete for a playoff spot (and then some) with Irving leading the show this season. The All-NBA point guard will be the leading man for Brooklyn while Durant recovers.
The Nets were able to make the playoffs as the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference with D’Angelo Russell as the team’s focal point. Brooklyn’s ceiling is undoubtedly higher with Irving taking over that role.
Nets fans will likely have to be patient with Durant, but they still have a compelling basketball team to watch in the meantime.