The Los Angeles Lakers flourished in the first half of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, thanks in large part to offseason acquisition Anthony Davis.
The 26-year-old superstar is averaging 26.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 blocks, all the while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from downtown.
More importantly, he has managed to stay healthy and play in 46 of the Lakers’ first 53 games of the season.
The 6-foot-10 generational talent was injury-prone in seven seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Here is a look at how many games Anthony Davis has missed each season of his career pic.twitter.com/FLz93NeaOx
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 4, 2020
A series of shoulder issues have caused him to use shoulder sleeves for each game.
Several knee ailments have caused him to miss significant time. Davis did experience a massive growth spurt in his junior year of high school, but Davis denied experiencing knee pain during that stretch.
Let’s take a look at The Brow’s lengthy injury timeline.
Per FOX Sports, Davis has had 25 injuries in his first five NBA seasons.
His bad fortune with injuries began on November 20, 2012, when he dealt with a “a stress reaction” on his ankle and missed 11 straight games.
A collision with Brook Lopez on February 27, 2013 left him with a sprained left shoulder and kept him out until March 5. His first season was cut short on April 10, after suffering a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain and bone bruise. He appeared in 64 games that season.
Davis established himself as an All-Star, but was held back by a fractured hand he suffered on December 1. He missed seven games.
He also missed more games in February after dislocating his left index finger and spraining his left shoulder in separate incidents.
The following month, Anthony Davis dealt with an ankle injury and back spasms. He played 67 games.
Anthony Davis stayed healthy in the early part of his third season. He dealt with the injury bug in February, after injuring his shoulder on a botched alley-oop. He missed five games during that stretch and sat out the All-Star Game.
Davis also missed some games with finger and ankle injuries, back spasms, a chest contusion, a sprained left toe, a sore groin, and a hip strain.
Davis suited up in 68 regular-season games and four playoff games.
Davis’ fourth year was his most challenging one. He was ruled out for the season on March 20 with a left knee injury and a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Prior to that, he missed games due to a sprained left toe, right hip strain, back problems, and a concussion. Davis played a career-low 61 games.
Davis bounced back nicely in the next two seasons.
Quad injuries hindered him at the beginning, but he avoided missing games for long periods of time. He dealt with a sprained left thumb and bruised left hip.
Davis played a career-best 75 regular-season games and set multiple statistical records.
The Brow once again had another healthy year and played 75 regular-season games. The Pelicans made the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Anthony Davis dealt with a nagging contusion in his right thigh in January and had to miss some games after aggravating it. Davis managed to play through several setbacks, including a rib contusion.
Davis’ final season in NOLA was marred by controversy and injuries. The seven-time All-Star was sidelined following a left index finger sprain in January. New Orleans elected to sit him out until the February trade deadline after Davis publicly requested to be traded.
Davis appeared in just 56 games in his final season in New Orleans.
Davis has sat out seven games in his first season with the Purple and Gold. He gave the Lakers a scare last month on a hard fall against the New York Knicks. He was diagnosed with a sacral contusion above his tailbone.
AD heads to locker room after scary fall on back.
Hope he's ok 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TZgQGuQKnd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2020
Luckily for the Lakers, he managed to return after missing just five games.