The New Orleans Pelicans encountered a serious scare on Wednesday when All-Star center Anthony Davis sprained his ankle in a preseason game against the Houston Rockets. ESPN NBA Reporter Marc Spears reports that he is walking around fine but that he suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain and will miss at least the next 10-to-15 days.
That means it is possible that the All-Star big man won’t be ready for New Orleans’ regular season-opener as the Pelicans will host the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 26.
Davis suffered the injury while falling hard to the ground during the first quarter of Wednesday’s matchup, which took place in Beijing, China. He re-entered briefly but then left again and went to the locker room.
While the Pelicans escaped total disaster with their best player, there is always concern about a star of Davis’ caliber leaving a game, especially one that has a full injury past. In his four-year NBA career, Davis has never played in more than 68 games. Last season, he played in a career-low 61 games due to various injuries.
On March 20, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a left knee problem and a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Davis admitted after the team announced his season was over that he has been playing through left shoulder pain since his rookie season, and over the offseason, he had surgery on his left knee.
When he is on the court, though, Davis is a MVP candidate. Last season, he averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 49.3 percent. The previous season, he averaged 24.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and led the league with 2.9 blocks per contest while making 53.5 percent of his shots.
Davis led New Orleans to the postseason in 2014-2015, and if the team has any hopes of returning to the playoffs, their star center must be healthy.