Oklahoma City Thunder forward and reigning league MVP Kevin Durant has fractured his right foot and will likely be out for six to eight weeks.
The injury has been diagnosed as a Jones fracture – typically it requires surgery. One large concern with this injury is the time it takes to repair; there can be difficulties with blood flow, which can cause re-fractures and hamper the re-joining process.
Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti released a statement regarding Durant’s injury:
“After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot. We proceeded to perform the necessary imaging studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in 6-8 weeks. We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin’s case.”
According to NBA.com, in the 2013-2014 season Durant averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists, while shooting 50.3% from the floor (39.1% from down town), and 87.3% from the free throw line.
In the last five seasons number 35 has missed just 16 regular season games since 2010 (USA Today).