3 Nets to watch as Golden State Warriors welcome Brooklyn for season opener

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 18: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving #11 talk together on the bench during the preseason game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 18, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 18: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving #11 talk together on the bench during the preseason game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 18, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Durant, F

The former Warrior will be playing his first game back against Golden State, and unlike any other rivalry, this one should not have as much flare to it.

Even though Durant is coming off of one of the worst injuries possible, it is safe to say he is still a threat at all times. The 6-foot-11 forward can do it all, and that mainly means scoring. He can shoot from anywhere, or he can post you up.

For a guy his size, his ball-handling is impeccable.

The only thing that may not be as good as it was before is his defense. When you tear your Achilles, all of your lateral movement is taken away. This means he has to build that backup, but I can see I’m getting better throughout the season.

Kelly Oubre will most likely be guarding him in this first matchup, which can be a good one for the Warriors. Oubre has shown his defense is excellent in the preseason, and hopefully, he can translate that to the regular season.