With just a few weeks left in the NBA season, the New Orleans Pelicans, who are looking towards next season, made a move involving star player Anthony Davis.
The team is shutting him down for the rest of the season, as Davis has been dealing with knee and shoulder problems. Davis will receive surgery this offseason on both injuries.
In 61 games played, Davis has averaged 24.3 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, 2.0 blocks per game and 1.9 assist per game. In a losing season for the Pelicans, Davis has been putting up great numbers, scoring over 20 points almost every game played.
In only has third season in the league, Davis has taken the league by storm since being drafted first overall in the 2011-12 draft. Davis is a great shooter, averaging 20 points or more in the last three seasons.
He is also a great rebounder, averaging 10 or more rebounds in the last three seasons in the league. Davis is known for his ability to score points rather than his ability to rebound, but do not leave him open in the paint, that is where he is at his best.
With the Pelicans already out of playoff contention, this move makes sense right now to shut Davis right now. It would hurt them a lot more if the team were in the playoff chase. Shutting him for the season lets him get a lot stronger, and lets him rest up before his injuries become a major problem for the team in the years to come.
With Davis being shut down for the season, he now does not have to worry about re-aggravating his shoulder and knee injuries. He is smart to get the surgery, fixing the problem he has been dealing with this season.
This injury should only be minor, Davis should be one hundred percent healthy by the start of training camp as long as there are no setbacks.