Thunder Star Kevin Durant Has Foot Fracture, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks

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Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer of the decade and the reigning MVP, is likely to miss the first month of the season, and possibly more.

Thunder Star Kevin Durant Has Foot Fracture

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Sunday that Durant has a “Jones Fracture”, a broken bone at the base of his small toe, and that it will require surgery that could include a layoff of six to eight weeks for recovery and rehabilitation.

“After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot,” Thunder President Sam Presti said in a statement.

“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.”

The team also says it is “collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives and Thunder medical personnel.” It adds, that until a course of action is set “we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin’s case.”

Thunder forward Kevin Durant led the NBA in scoring last season by averaging 32 points a game.

The Oklahoma City star led the Thunder to the Western Conference finals last season. He led the NBA in scoring with a career-high 32 points a game while shooting 50.3% from the field, including 39.1% from three-point range. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

Durant has missed only 16 games in his seven-year career. He missed one game last season and chose to stop playing on Team USA in the World Cup in order to rest.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

It's been a difficult preseason for the Thunder this season. Already the team lost rookie forward Mitch McGary with a foot injury that will keep him out five-to-seven weeks and is dealing with Reggie Jackson's wrist injury.

The NBA season opens Oct. 28. The Thunder begin play on Oct. 29 against the Trail Blazers in Portland.

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