It seems as though Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans just can not catch a break. After playing in just 61 games last season, due to a torn labrum and knee injury, it appears as though the young center is headed back on the shelf.
After spraining his ankle earlier today in New Orleans’ preseason game against Houston, it was later revealed that Davis suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain. It should be noted that Davis did return to the game but would later decide he could not continue. Although the recovery period is only 10-15 days of rehab, it remains to be seen if the 23-year-old will, in fact, be ready for the Pelicans season opener against Denver on October 26th.
Any added time would deal the Pelicans a massive blow. Davis, who is in the first season of a five-year $127 million dollar extension is New Orleans’ one true superstar. When healthy, Anthony Davis has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with.
2015-16 marked the third consecutive year Anthony Davis averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds per contest. Throughout his young career, Davis has been named an All-Star three times (2014, 2015, 2016), finished fifth in MVP Voting (2014-15 season) and was named to the 2015 All-NBA First Team.
Anthony Davis has never played more than 68 games in a season however, that has not stopped him from becoming one of the fastest rising superstars the NBA has ever seen. For New Orleans, all they can do now is wait. As their franchise corner stone begins a somewhat lengthy rehab process, the team’s focus now shifts to its next preseason contest on October 18th in Atlanta.
There is no doubt that Davis will make a full recovery and waste no time asserting his dominance throughout the league upon his return.