Grading the Performance of Every NBA Star Who Returned from Injury 2005-13

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Grading the Performance of Every NBA Star Who Returned from Injury 2005-13
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McGrady and Yao were two stars that could never quite stay on the court.

NBA fans everywhere are excited for Derrick Rose's return to basketball, but at the back of everyone's mind is the same thought—will he be the same?

Every player recovers from injury differently. And while we always hope that injured players will come back better than ever, some players just can’t reach the level that they once did. It’s impossible to tell what Derrick Rose’s return will be like, but it’s at least worth looking at how other great players have performed after coming back from a serious injury recently.

It’s not all just about what the player does over the next season or two—it’s about how they perform over the entirety of their career (or their career so far). It’s all about bouncing back from injury without missing a beat.

(Note: Whether or not a player gets re-injured has no bearing in their grade. This is simply a measure of how well they were able to play following their injury.)

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