Kevin Durant was already out for the rest of the season, but the one ounce of good news is that he has had successful surgery and will be ready to go at the beginning of next season.
Durant has been one of the stars of the league in recent years and he is an important element to the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Russell Westbrook, taking his absence as a time to truly shine.
With the absence of a star like Kevin Durant, the Thunder are stuck in 8th place in the Western Conference and may not have what it takes to make the playoffs. However, with Durant in the lineup, they are easily one of the best teams in the league and are deserving of their NBA championship.
Kevin Durant had bone graft surgery today for a fracture that in his right foot. It was his third surgery on the foot after the initial procedure last October following his dramatic injury and having a screw replaced in February.
His recovery time is expected to be 4-6 months, allowing him to be ready just in time for the 2015 preseason, and possibly even shortly before. Over the course of the 2014-2015 season, Durant was hardly able to play, and averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his 27 games with the team.
Thank you for all the support people, it really means a lot, my mommy here givin me for head kisses. This is the life.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) March 31, 2015
The Oklahoma City Thunder currently have a record of 45-32 in the last playoff spot, although the fierce Pelicans behind Anthony Davis are creeping closer all the time and they are only behind by two and a half games.
The Kevin Durant-less Thunder are hoping to somehow get above the Dallas Mavericks for the 7th spot, but that is no easy task. If they are stuck in 8th place, they will be forced to play the Warriors in the first round, and no one on the team would be excited for that matchup.
Tell US: Do the Thunder have a chance at winning the NBA finals next year with Kevin Durant healthy?