NBA Analyst Has Mixed Feelings About Durant's Future

Kevin Durant will still be an elite player, Jared Greenberg says, but his injury history is alarming

Reiter Than You
June 12, 2019 - 7:24 pm
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Kevin Durant underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles, and already analysts are comparing him to other NBA players – past and present – to see how they recovered from this potentially devastating injury.

There’s just one key difference.

“(These players) didn’t suffer the injury at the time they were considered probably the best active player in the world,” NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg said on Reiter Than You. “That’s where I think Kevin Durant was prior to his initial calf injury. I have a hard time believing that Kevin Durant’s done. But I do have concern that it goes beyond just a ruptured Achilles.”

Durant, who turns 31 in September, has had multiple surgeries on his right foot, injured his right calf in the playoffs, and just tore his right Achilles tendon.

“I’m not a doctor, and I’m not going to claim to say anything about what this could lead to in the future,” Greenberg prefaced. “I would just have concerns that this is something that’s going to continue to be a problem for him because now we’re going on 10 years of this right lower-leg being an issue for Kevin Durant, whether they’re connected or not. 

“But I also think that Kevin Durant is one of – if not the greatest – pure scorer we’ve ever seen in the game,” Greenberg continued. “So to say that a guy who has proven that he can score in so many different ways – (he’s) essentially a 7-foot 2-guard in this league – I have a hard time believing he’s done or he won’t find ways to still be very effective and still be an elite player in this league.” 

As for free agency, Durant will still have a large number of suitors. Some teams, however, may have wanted to pair Durant with another star. Without Durant, it may be difficult to convince another star to come along for the wait-and-see ride.

“Each team has its own set of factors that would determine whether they would want Durant at this four-year max offer,” Greenberg said.