From the moment that Anthony Davis won an NCAA Championship with Kentucky in 2012, basketball fans believed that he was next in line to be “the best player in the league”. He got drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans, which is the same city that he won that championship in.
He has been great in the NBA up until this point but there always seems to be something holding him back. Injuries, he seems to have hard luck when it comes to staying healthy over the course of an entire basketball season.
During this preseason, he sprained his right ankle and the issue is likely rule him out of the start of the season. So fans of the Pels will have to wait and see if the team can weather the storm while their star power forward works his way back from injury.
Here is how The Brow’s injury history has affected him over time:
In his rookie season down in the Big Easy, things weren’t great for the number one overall pick. He was diagnosed with a concussion in November which left him sidelined for two games. A sore left ankle in December cost him 11 games.
February brought more trouble as a sprained left shoulder kept him out of two games. Finally, a sprained MCL near the end of his season in April subtracted another three games. Being a rookie is hard enough but, it’s even harder when you have to learn while trying to rehab.
The second campaign in Louisiana was once again marred by injury as a fractured left hand in December sidelined him for seven games.
In January, he dealt with a rash of different injuries. His finger, a respiratory infection and left ankle all caused him to miss one game each. This is where the bad luck comes in, the sort of consistency that teams need to succeed start with their best players being available.
April brought back spasms which took him out of commission for five games. Things couldn’t have went much worse for the franchise that was trying to forge a new identity for itself.
For the third year of his stay, he managed to remain pretty healthy in the early going before a nasty chest contusion forced him to miss a game in December.
The turning of the calendar brought a sprained left toe and sore groin for four games collectively. The sprains kept popping up for the rest of the season.
However, the Pelicans would reach the playoffs but, get eliminated by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the first round.
Last year, observers expected a bit of a leap from the young Pelicans. It could not have gone much worse for them as they lost a good chunk of their roster to injury.
November saw them lose the former Wildcat with a right hip strain and left shoulder injury for three games. He battled nagging injuries all season until March, where a sore knee kept him out of many of the team’s late contests.
He’s been great while he’s been on the floor but, can he find a way to be available and get New Orleans back to the playoffs? As always, a lot is riding on the man with the unmistakable unibrow.