Kevin Durant Could Miss up to 8 Weeks With Broken Foot
The Oklahoma City Thunder get to see what they’re made of early in the 2014-15 NBA season. According to reports, the team will be without superstar swing man Kevin Durant for roughly 6-8 weeks due to a broken bone in his foot.
Durant suffered a “Jones fracture” in his foot and could miss up to the first two months of the new NBA season. That puts the Thunder in a tough spot, as they simply don’t have the depth necessary to make up for Durant’s scoring prowess.
Easily a top-two player in the entire league, Durant put up 32 points per game last year and has been able to help his team to the tune of 25+ points per game ever since his second season in the league (2008).
OKC will have to do without Durant carrying the scoring load, however, which means added pressure on star point guard Russell Westbrook. Oddly, the team has successfully withstood absences from Westbrook in the past, but this will be the first time the team has to find a way to win games without their best player.
That puts Westbrook up top as OKC’s main scoring option, which could either allow the 25-year old guard to fully break out, or it could allow opposing defenses to key in on him. A 21+ point per game producer for the past four straight seasons, it’s still possible Westbrook could be more than up to the challenge.
Someone else will still have to step up and make up for the loss of Durant, though. Initially, the next man up to take a heavier workload might be big man Serge Ibaka, who averaged a career high 15 points per game a year ago.
Just Ibaka probably won’t be enough, though. The Thunder will also need more from pure scorers, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb. If one of those wing players can step up, the Thunder might be able to scrape by enough until Durant can make his return.
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