Steve: Should Pelicans end Anthony Davis' season?
8 games remain in the Pelicans' season, and with the team being eliminated from postseason contention, I ask you… should Anthony Davis sit out the remainder of the way?
He really has nothing left to prove, as Davis has dazzled in his 2nd year in the NBA. The 21-year-old is averaging 21 points with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per contest. Even the national media has recognized that the future king of the NBA now resides here in New Orleans. Check out this article entitled Building the Brow.
I know sitting the superstar is far from what coach Monty Williams or Davis have in mind, though. Williams’ philosophy is that if a player is healthy enough to play, he belongs in the lineup. Meanwhile, Davis is the type of guy who would lie about his status just so he could be in the game.
Normally, I would not be an advocate for giving a player an early vacation, but there is absolutely no benefit to continue to play Davis. And there are a few very good reasons to shut him down.
A.D. is playing on a sore left ankle currently. It’s an injury that has given him some problems in his rookie year and forced him to miss a game in San Antonio this past Saturday. Why strain it any more this season and risk further damage? There is also a chance of suffering an even worse injury on top of that.
Did you see the elbow Davis took to the chin Monday night versus Sacramento? Luckily there was no serious damage; he just got his bell rung a bit.
So, you tell me… do I just sound like a “nervous Nelly,” or is benching the face of the franchise the rest of the way with nothing left to play for an option the Pelicans should consider?