According to Pelicans.com’s Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis has been cleared to resume basketball activity. Davis prematurely ended his 2015-16 season to undergo surgery on his left knee. Now, less than six months after the procedure, Davis is back on the court after participating in a team scrimmage on Wednesday.
The report also mentioned that Davis has continued to fill out his lanky frame. He is now listed at 250 pounds, which represents more than 30 pounds of weight gain since his rookie season in 2012-13.
The Pelicans finished 11 games out of the Western Conference playoff picture in the 2015-16 season after they battled injuries to many key players. With Davis healthy, who has become one of the most uniquely dominant players in the NBA thanks to his elite defensive abilities and developing offensive skills away from the basket, the Pelicans will look to return to the postseason after making it in 2014-15.
New Orleans will attempt that return to the postseason following a bit of an overhaul this offseason. Gone are Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, and in are rookie Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore. Unfortunately, Tyreke Evans is still dealing with knee problems and Jrue Holiday is going to miss time at the start of the year to care for his wife, who’s both pregnant and dealing with a brain tumor.
Entering his fifth year in the league, Davis is already a three-time All-Star. He has averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in each of the past three seasons. He also has averaged over two blocks and one steal per game over his career.