The 2020 NBA regular season has been on pause due to the coronavirus. Kevin Durant has not played one game this year for the Brooklyn Nets due to recovering from a torn Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last season with the Golden State Warriors against the Toronto Raptors on the road.
Durant left Golden State in the offseason and he signed a four-year deal that was a max contract with Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving joined him as well. Irving left the Boston Celtics in the offseason after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2017.
Kevin Durant has two Finals MVPs under his belt in his illustrious career and he wants to win another title with a different team just like what LeBron James did with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The other day, General Manager Sean Marks made a comment that if the season resumes, the $110 million question is, will Kevin Durant return this season?
Well, I don’t think he should. Even though it would be a year, he shouldn’t rush it. Durant is the heart and soul of this basketball team. I think the ultimate goal for this Nets team is the 2020-2021 season and beyond to win NBA Championships.
Jacque Vaughn is currently the interim head coach. He won both of his games after Kenny Atkinson and the Nets parted ways.
There are rumors that Tyronn Lue or Tom Thibodeau will be the next coach for the Brooklyn Nets. Greg Popovich is also a long shot to be the next head coach for Brooklyn.
Last season with the Golden State Warriors in 78 games, he averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 0.7 steals per game. In Kevin Durant’s career so far, he has played in 849 games. He is averaging 27 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.1 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.
As of right now, the Brooklyn Nets (30-24) would face the Toronto Raptors (46-18) in the postseason if the NBA decided to go straight into the playoffs and forgo the regular season.
Maybe Kevin Durant is in shape and he may look ready to play, but there is a difference between being ready and being game ready. Durant should forget this season and wait for next December or earlier to return for the 2020-2021 season and not risk injury.
The Eastern Conference would change entirely for the postseason if they came back to complete this season. Brooklyn will most likely be a top 4 seed next season in the Eastern Conference.
They could potentially be one of the best teams in the NBA next season. But right now, they are not one of the top teams in the NBA. That is because they have not played like it with Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, and other players. We will see what happens moving forward with Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.
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