The rest of the 2019-20 NBA season is facing uncertainty, with the COVID-19 pandemic having the league on pause for two months.
But one thing that is certain is Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant’s status. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will not return to play if the league resumes its season. Durant has been out with a right Achilles injury since June 2019.
In his last season with the Golden State Warriors, Durant averaged 26.0 points per game, 6.4 rebounds and a career-high 5.9 assists. With his quality year distributing the ball, he ranked second on the Warriors in assists per game, right behind Draymond Green. Durant also shot 52.1% from the field and 35.3% from the 3-point line.
Brooklyn keeping Durant out is a good precaution. With the severity of Durant’s injury, coupled with the extended layoff, risking any re-injury is unnecessary. Durant, the 2014 MVP, has been one of the NBA’s top three players for the past three seasons. The Nets will be better off having Durant at his best self and fully healthy.
The Nets are currently the seventh seed in the East, and if the league decided to forgo the rest of the regular season, Brooklyn would play the Toronto Raptors in the first round.