Absence of oft-injured Davis teases NBA of unique standout

Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:38pm EDT
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By Jahmal Corner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anthony Davis has been anointed the next great superstar of the National Basketball Association but injuries keep his reign a future promise instead of a present fulfillment.

Davis, 22, is a transcendent talent whose skills defy his power forward position. But the only thing growing faster than his list of credentials is his medical report.

The New Orleans Pelicans third-year player has already been sidelined for a total of 47 games in his young career, and his absence teases the NBA of its most unique standout.

"Since I've been here we've been dealing with injuries," Davis told Reuters following the Pelicans' loss on Sunday to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Guys are going are going to get hurt. That's the NBA, you have to deal with adversity and still find a way to win."

Davis returned Sunday from his latest two-game absence due to a rolled ankle and again showed why he is such an appetizing player.

He moves the floor like a 6-foot-10 gazelle and scores seamlessly from inside or out.

Already a two-time All Star, Davis has taken another leap forward this season with averages of 24.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and a league-leading 2.9 blocks per game.   Continued...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the third quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports