People with the New Orleans Pelicans organization and around the NBA reportedly believe Anthony Davis needs to be “tougher” moving forward, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
Davis has been prone to injuries his entire NBA career. The six-time All-Star has never played more than 75 games in a season with the Pelicans since entering the league back in 2012.
It’s fair to assume the club knows that if it can get Davis that it must surround him with the right players. Sources around the Pelicans and league have said all year that he needs to be tougher (the constant trips back to the trainer’s room during games were a concern), and it was pointed out that he played some of his best basketball when he had Rajon Rondo in his face to call him out as needed.
When he’s healthy, Davis is one of the best players in the NBA. He has career averages of 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.4 blocks with the Pelicans.
But because Davis plays with a reckless abandon, he gets hurt a lot. AD has suffered knee, ankle, hip, back and shoulder injuries during his career with the Pelicans.
Davis has reportedly not changed his stance on wanting to be traded despite the Pelicans winning the Draft Lottery.
AD is the all-time leading scorer in New Orleans franchise history.