Dominique Wilkins optimistic about the recovery of Warriors star Kevin Durant
Back in 1992, a 32-year-old Dominique Wilkins tore his Achilles. He came back a year later as if nothing happened and posted some of the best numbers of his career. Given his own experience, Wilkins believes that Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will be fine.
According to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, Wilkins is optimistic about Durant’s recovery. The Hall of Famer also noted that Durant will benefit to the progress in medicine today.
“There’s so much more advantages now for guys to get back,” Wilkins said. “The medicine now vs. the medicine when I was playing is totally different. We had to work that much harder back then.”
After tearing his Achilles, Wilkins came back strong and averaged 29.9 points per game — second behind Michael Jordan’s average of 32.6. Like Wilkins, many believe that the injury won’t affect Durant at all. He’ll turn 31-years-old in September, which is still well within his prime. Besides, even if Durant’s movement slows down, he still stands 7-feet tall and will remain a knockdown shooter.
Durant, a free agent this summer, has already been ruled out for the 2019-2020 season. Though the Warriors said that they’ll offer KD a max contract, no one knows for sure if he’ll remain part of the team. Wherever Durant ends up, he’ll end up changing the dynamics of that team right away.