Unfortunately, it’s another year and another setback for Anthony Davis.
The Los Angeles Lakers star, who has performed at an MVP level this season when healthy, is expected to miss at least a month with a right foot injury. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania:
The eight-time All-Star went to the locker room with a foot ailment during the Dec. 16 game against the Denver Nuggets, which the Lakers won 126-108. The 6-foot-10 Kentucky alum logged 17 minutes on the night.
The injury comes just as the Lakers were finally hitting their stride and finally playing some decent basketball, improving to 12-16 after a 2-10 start. The Lakers are 12th in the Western Conference, just 1.5 games back of the 10th-place Minnesota Timberwolves heading into the finals.
In his most recent slump, Davis averaged 32.4 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 blocks in 13 appearances from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13. The team’s 28 games so far. He is averaging 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, making 59.3 percent of his field goal attempts and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. Statistically, it’s his best season since joining the Lakers via trade before the 2019-20 season.
Since joining the team, Davis, who will turn 30 in March, has played in 189 of a possible 280 games, including the regular season and playoffs. Unfortunately, he left several others prematurely and suffered many setbacks during his 11-year career, more during his tenure with the Lakers than with the Pelicans.