With the 2019-20 season still suspended until further notice, the 2020-21 season will continue to be pushed back. However, that’s actually a good thing for the Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets had their best offseason in franchise history following the 2018-19 season, but due to injuries, they have still yet to see their new additions on the court together. Adding Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan, instantly made the Nets contenders to win the East and the NBA Finals.
However, due to injuries from both Durant and Irving, they have yet to reap the fruits of their labor. In the 2019 Finals, Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles that would force him to miss the remainder of the finals, in addition to the entire 2019-20 season.
Durant is now progressing and is inching closer to a return to the court, but now the 2020-21 NBA season will undoubtedly be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic messing with schedules of all kinds.
Because of COVID-19, there is a chance the 2020-21 season doesn’t start until December, unlike their usual start time of late October. However, this would without a doubt benefit the Nets.
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The season start date being pushed back would allow Kyrie Irving to take more time and rehab his right knee sprain, and allow Kevin Durant to get healthy as well as he could take more time to get acclimated to the basketball court again.
Durant has said he would be back when it’s time, but it would be hard to imagine he would be out longer than 18 months, which is the length of time it will likely be from when he ruptured his Achilles, to when the 2020-21 season starts.
The average timetable for return when a professional athlete ruptures his Achilles is seven months. That being said, Durant should more than likely be good to go for the opening tip of the 2020-21 season.
This means that the Nets could finally see the team they put together and see just how good they can be. Brooklyn could legitimately be a title contender in 2020-21 and beyond with the stars they currently have, plus there have been rumors about the Nets potentially pursuing Bradley Beal.
This being said, if the 2020-21 season does get delayed, it would only help the Nets as it would give them more time to build on-court chemistry between their stars who haven’t played together as of yet.