NBA Injury Analysis: Offseason Updates
NBA Injury Analysis: Offseason Updates

This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.

A number of the key games for the NBA season have been revealed, and the entire schedule is slated for release later this week. That means fantasy owners can start peaking at the calendar to see if their favorite players are adequately progressing through offseason rehab.

Let's take a look at some of the notable players hoping to be ready for Opening Night.

Kawhi Leonard, Raptors
The Kawhi saga finally ended when the Spurs sent the former Finals MVP to the Raptors in a trade package centered around DeMar DeRozan. Leonard spent most of the 2017-18 season sidelined by a quadriceps injury that ultimately led to conflict between Leonard's camp and the Spurs' medical team.

It was reported that Leonard spent the year battling a tendinopathy in the large muscle group known as the quadriceps. Unfortunately, the term tendinopathy can be a bit misleading, as it has become somewhat of a catch-all term for anything wrong with a tendon. This means the injury can be anything from tendinitis to an actual degenerative disease of the tendon. However, the chronic nature of Leonard's injury suggests it is more than a simple strain and could remain a problem entering his first season in Toronto.

It may take Leonard playing in the preseason before concerns about his health dissipate. Even then, a sustained stretch of good health would be needed for him to return to top form. Remember, Leonard hasn't truly looked like himself since last May. Fortunately, Toronto's medical team

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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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