On October 23, Beijing time, Brooklyn netball star Kevin Durant’s Achilles tendon recovery has been a concern. Well-known sports medicine experts are optimistic about whether Durant, who has been away from the stadium for 16 months due to injury, can return to his previous killing state.
"Durant is not an old guy. He is not the kind of player who is close to retirement at the age of 36 or 37. He will be fine. He will return to the state he was a year and a half ago." New York University Granny Department of Sports Medicine Director Laith Jazrawi said in an interview.
In the fifth game of the 2019 Finals, Durant, who had returned in a hurry, fell on the court again after only 12 minutes. He was then diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon. At the time, Durant was only 29 years old. Among all the NBA superstars who have suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, Durant is the younger one. Kobe was 34 when he suffered this injury in 2013, Isaiah Thomas was 35, and Ewing was 36. The Achilles tendon rupture is undoubtedly the most important reason for ruining these three legendary superstars.
In addition, the top sports medicine journal "American Sports Medicine" conducted a study on the impact of Achilles tendon rupture on professional players. The results showed that the PER value of NBA players who suffered Achilles tendon rupture would drop by an average of 2.9.
The study tracked and investigated 44 NBA players with Achilles tendon rupture from 1970 to 2018, and finally got this data.
Durant’s career PER value is 25.2, ranking 8th in history. If it drops 2.9, Durant’s PER value will reach 22.3, which allows him to still be ranked 33rd, which is basically Irving’s efficiency value.
It is worth mentioning that WNBA player Brianna Stewart also suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. Stewart finally won this year's WNBA championship after returning from injury and was elected FMVP.
Next season, Durant and Irving, who have returned from injury, will join forces for the first time. What kind of performance the Nets will do is worth looking forward to!