New Orleans Pelicans fans will be delighted to hear that Anthony Davis should be all set to go when the new NBA season kicks off next week, after recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in pre-season.
Davis, who has been injured regularly throughout his time in the NBA, hurt his right ankle during a warm-up game in China against the Houston Rockets last Wednesday.
Fortunately for the Pelicans the injury was revealed to not be too serious, with AD recovering well enough to have his status for the side’s final pre-season fixture on Thursday night upgraded to probable.
This will be key for Davis if he is able to get solid minutes heading into the season, especially as New Orleans will not want their star player to be rusty for the season-opener against the Denver Nuggets.
However, AD’s quick recovery from this setback cannot gloss over an unwanted injury record, which has plagued him ever since his NBA career began.
According to a stat sheet compiled by NBA.com’s John Schumann, Davis has missed 68 NBA games throughout his career due to 21 different injuries, an incredibly worrisome pattern.
Davis is now 23 and should be looking to take his career to the next level, with almost everyone who has watched the NBA certain that he should be in regular contention for MVP honours and taking his team into the playoffs each season.
But unfortunately for New Orleans, injuries have held Davis back in his career progression, taking a backwards step last year, so hopefully positive injury news like this ahead of opening week can finally lead to Davis’ first full season of NBA action.