New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis started against the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 10, but he suffered a hip contusion and was held out for the second half. He hasn't played since, but he is ready to return to the floor.
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Latest on Davis' Playing Status
Sunday, Nov. 15
X-Rays Negative on Davis' Hip
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports noted the Pelicans elected to use caution and hold Davis from the rest of the game after the X-rays on his hip came back negative.
Davis' Latest Injury Adds to Durability Concerns
Prior to the injury, Davis was averaging 25.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks a night while shooting 46 percent from the floor.
He is one of the brightest young stars in the NBA as a walking double-double, stout rim protector and the anchor of the Pelicans’ offensive and defensive game plans.
The former Kentucky Wildcat averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game last season and led his team into the playoffs in a daunting Western Conference. Davis is also a two-time All-Star and earned All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Defensive Second Team recognition in 2014-15.
While the 22-year-old is certainly one of the best players in the league, durability has been a concern throughout his young career. He has yet to play in more than 68 games in a single season since he was drafted in 2012 and has dealt with various injuries at a young age.
Ryan Anderson would likely be leaned on to shoulder more of the load if Davis misses time again this season, even though the two players have very different skill sets. Anderson stretches the floor with his three-point shooting ability and is not far removed from an impressive 2013-14 campaign when he scored 19.8 points a game (albeit in only 22 contests).
Elsewhere, Omer Asik would have to do more in the rebounding department if Davis misses more time. He posted 9.8 boards per game last season and averaged 11.7 a night in 2012-13 when he played more minutes for the Houston Rockets.
While Anderson and Asik are viable options to fill the void left by Davis, it would be difficult for the Pelicans to replicate their leader’s production. If this team is going to make any noise in the playoff chase, Davis will need to be healthy this season and, most importantly, this spring.