Entering the league as the highly touted athletic marvel amongst the young talent pool, Anthony Davis hasn’t had the kind of start most rookies would hope for. He’s been phenomenal when healthy, but it is a series of injuries starting with early November that has kept Anthony Davis limited. The series of injuries to their star rookie have been equally damaging on the New Orleans Hornets, who also have their franchise centerpiece shooting guard Eric Gordon on rehab to avoid knee surgery.
Anthony Davis initially missed two early November games due to concussions and has been consequently sidelined since 17th November by the New Orleans Hornets owing to a stress fracture in his left ankle. New Orleans Hornets’ Sunday night game against the Denver Nuggets will mark 12 games in total through which Anthony Davis has remained sidelined. Although the 3-8 New Orleans Hornets are hopeful that Anthony Davis will make a quick recovery, team medical staff and coaches are taking a cautious approach towards their prized rookie’s return from ankle injury. Antony Davis too can’t help fearing for the worst with regards to a potential setback on his ankle recovery.
"You know the whole Grant Hill story, so they wanted to be very cautious with the way I handled things," stated Anthony Davis, who’s sidelined until mid-December.
Grant Hill looked to be a future Hall of Famer until he ran into chronic ankle issues through a better part of five seasons with the Orlando Magic in the early 2000s. Although Grant Hill’s more recently become a medical marvel, still playing in the league at the age of 40, still the overall 3rd pick, who averaged 19.9 points, five assists and 6.4 rebounds per game in his early seasons has never been the same after the series of injuries. Grant Hill had yet to post his Los Angeles Clippers debut but has been sidelined with a bone bruise to the ankle.
Anthony Davis has lived up to his hype when healthy, ranking only second among the rookies in scoring with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard leading at 20.2 points per game. However, Anthony Davis has a more solid performance on the defensive end of the court, leading the rookies with 8.3 rebounds and 2.17 blocks per game.
Considering the New Orleans Hornets could also be without top asset Eric Gordon on Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers could only spell disaster for them on both sides of the court.
Eric Gordon hasn’t exactly been the face of health all season long after he signed off on a four-year, 58 million (maximum) contract with the New Orleans Hornets during the summers. The 23-year-old Eric Gordon could remain sidelined for another four to six weeks.