NBA Injury Analysis: When Will Kawhi, Murray, Other Stars Be Ready to Return?

NBA Injury Analysis: When Will Kawhi, Murray, Other Stars Be Ready to Return?

This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.

Fantasy basketball draft season is just around the corner, and as managers begin to sort through rankings in preparation, it's important to take note of players working their way back from injuries.

Whether it's an injury lingering from the end of the 2020-21 season, or an even longer-term recovery, a number of notable players – including a three-time champion and a two-time Finals MVP – will be on the shelf to begin the year.

Jeff Stotts highlights the key injuries to be aware of and offers his thoughts on when the likes of Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Jamal Murray and other stars could be back in the mix.

Klay Thompson

Thompson's last NBA action came during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The Warriors guard tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in the loss and then, on the cusp of the 2020-21 season, tore the Achilles tendon in his opposite leg. He has spent the past two-plus years rehabbing some sort of major injury, and the Warriors are targeting a Christmas Day return for the sharpshooter. While we know when Thompson will return to the court, the question of how he will look remains. It will be over 900 days since Thompson last played in an NBA game and his combination of injuries is unique.

Since the 2005-06 season, only DeMarcus Cousins has experienced both a torn Achilles and torn ACL while playing in the NBA. While Cousins has struggled to return to

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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