Dominique Wilkins remarkable comeback season after his Achilles injury at the age of 32

Dominique Wilkins remarkable comeback season after his Achilles injury at the age of 32

Achilles injury is probably one of the most devasting injuries a basketball player and an athlete can have. It usually means the road to recovery will be extremely slow and that the player might not be able to make a full comeback and be on the same level as he did prior to the injury. The list of players who had this type of injury is very long with Kevin Durant being the last prominent player to have this injury.

Some players were able to recover and have relatively successful careers afterward while for some that was much harder. Dominique Wilkins, on the other hand, exceeded all expectations after suffering from the Achilles injury at the age of 32. For most players at that stage of their career, this would mean that their career is basically over but Wilkins had other things in mind.

Fortunately for him, he injured his non-dominant leg which helped him a bit more on his way to recovery. The next season at the age of 33, Wilkins came back even stronger and better. Wilkins was scoring more points than he previously had for several seasons averaging an astonishing 29.9 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game & 3.2 assists per game. He was also very efficient from the field, something that was also a bit unexpected. To put things into perspective, Wilkins averaged 28 points per game in the season prior to his Achilles injury.

Wilkins played in 71 games that season averaging around 37 minutes per game which is absolutely incredible when you think about it. Wilkins effort that season was recognized by the league and he was 5th in the MVP voting behind, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing.