The biggest story going into the 2015-16 campaign is the return of Kevin Durant after a season derailed by three foot surgeries and 55 missed games. With Durant expected to be ready for the Oklahoma City Thunder's opening tip in October, his profound impact on the game will give the basketball world plenty to look forward to.
There are many factors that make the upcoming season pivotal for Durant that go beyond coming back from the first major injury of his career. KD will also juggle questions about his future as the countdown to his 2016 free agency commences and the debut of new coach Billy Donovan while trying to lead arguably the best Thunder roster in history to an elusive NBA championship.
Durant told DailyThunder's Royce Young he expects to be back on the court in August, but Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reported on July 21 that Durant was in Los Angeles putting in work with teammate Russell Westbrook.
On Monday morning, Durant and Westbrook went through a workout together on UCLA's campus—under the watchful eye of Donovan—navigating through some individual shooting and skill drills. By Tuesday morning, in that same gym near Beverly Hills, the two superstars were joined by a load of teammates and support staff.
The closer Durant gets to being 100 percent, the more anticipation will grow for his triumphant return. While last season had its share of excitement, it didn't feel the same without the NBA's second-best player electrifying crowds with his display of otherworldly offensive skills.
With so much at stake for both Durant and the Thunder, the new season is sure to give us all plenty of reasons to be on the edge of our seats.