NBA mailbag: How good will Kevin Durant be this year?

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

As we prepare to tip off the NBA preseason, it’s time for the latest edition of my NBA mailbag, starting with what to expect from Kevin Durant during the 2021-22 season. After the most effective comeback from an Achilles rupture we’ve seen from a star player in recent history, how might Durant play in the second year after the injury with the Brooklyn Nets? How will a full season with James Harden affect Durant’s production?

Throughout the NBA season, I answer your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly at @kpelton, tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to [email protected]

The best questions focus on a general topic instead of a specific player or team, and anything that allows me to do original research to understand how the game is played is welcomed.

In addition to the lead question, this week’s mailbag also tackles your questions about:

  • Whether the NBA’s approach to the preseason might someday mirror the NFL’s

  • Potential solutions to situations like that of John Wall with the Houston Rockets

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