Anthony Davis is dealing with concussion-like symptoms and has not played since last Friday. Below is an update on his status.
Davis, the number one overall draft pick this summer, got off to a terrific start to his rookie season. He had 21 points and seven rebounds, while connecting on all nine of his free throws, against the San Antonio Spurs in the season opener.
Two days later, he suffered a concussion against Utah, lasting only 14 minutes. He had eight points, six boards, two blocks and a steal in 14 minutes before having to leave.
Davis sat out Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls and is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers too. He’s continuing to be evaluated and first must pass the newly implemented concussion tests if he wants to return to the court.
The Hornets would love to see their big man back, but surely they’re not going to rush Davis. A valuable asset who should be the cornerstone of this franchise for years to come, the organization is going to make sure he’s fully healthy before allowing him to play again.
New Orleans has actually been doing well without their number one pick, having beaten the Utah Jazz 88-86 and then overcoming the Chicago Bulls 89-82 in the Windy City. Two impressive wins right there, especially with Davis not out there helping his teammates.
Ryan Anderson has been great as a fill-in, while Robin Lopez has become a bigger part of the offense too while Davis remains sidelined. Once the 19-year old returns, things should only get better for Monty Williams and the Hornets.
If you’ve been cheering for New Orleans in the early part of the season, chances are you’ve been happy with your choice. The Hornets have pulled off two impressive wins in a row and that was without their most talented player on the floor.
The sky’s the limit here.