Friday, March 27, 2015

KEVIN DURANT OUT 4 TO 6 MONTHS, FACING RIGHT FOOT SURGERY

By: Connor Glowacki

Photo courtesy of Reddit.
     Oklahoma City Thunder star forward, and last year's NBA MVP, Kevin Durant is going to undergo bone graft surgery in his ailing right foot and will miss the remainder of the season. This development was announced in a statement by Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti today.
     Prior to last season, Durant had a screw inserted into his right foot after suffering a Jones fracture. He missed the beginning part of the season, but returned to play in 27 games. In those games, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. At times, Durant even resembled the same fearless player that won the MVP award last season.
     However, he underwent surgery back on February 23 in an attempt to alleviate soreness and discomfort that had developed in his right foot, due to the screw that was initially inserted. In the following weeks, Durant's health and expected return time were being consistently re-evaluated.
Durant won his first MVP award
last season.
Photo courtesy of USA Today.
     Recently, Durant had been increasing the intensity of his on court workouts. But last week, he was removed from all basketball activities by the Thunder, which could've been a precursor by Oklahoma City management that the right foot was not completely healed and news of an eventual shutdown would be imminent.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook
has carried the team offensively in Durant's absence.
Photo courtesy of Fox News.
     News of Durant's injury troubles have come in the midst of the Thunder making a push for the final playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.
     Point guard Russell Westbrook has carried the team on his back, since Durant has been sidelined, and is making a strong push for this year's MVP award with a stat-line of 27.3 points, 8.7 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game this season.
     What's beginning to loom on the horizon for the Oklahoma City Thunder is the fact that Durant will become a free agent after the 2015-2016 season.
     In eight NBA seasons, Durant has career averages of 27.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting over 48 percent from the field.

Will Kevin Durant be able to come back from his recent injury troubles? And will this recent development impact how Oklahoma City deals with Durant in free agency after next season?

Leave a comment below or let me know what you think on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

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