It’s encouraging to know that, in his three seasons since arriving in Los Angeles from New Orleans in one of the NBA’s biggest-ever trades, Anthony Davis’ Lakers have gone 86-52, a .628 winning percentage. Problem is, L.A. has played 87 games without him in the past three years, and posted a winning percentage of .472.
That’s not encouraging when taking an honest look at the team’s future. In fact, Heavy Sports’ NBA insider Steve Bulpett says, this is really nothing new for Davis.
Back when Bulpett covered the Celtics for the Boston Herald, he talked with a Pelicans official about Davis’ durability (the Celtics were pushing to trade for him), and there were red flags aplenty. First on the list: Davis was a bit soft.
“Someone with New Orleans told me, when the Celtics were in the hunt for Anthony Davis heavily, he said you’d better make sure that Marcus Smart is not included in that deal because you’re going to need someone tough to stand next to Anthony Davis,” Bulpett said in a video interview. “No. 2, he told me he had never, ever seen a player take that many trips to the trainer’s room. Now, we’re not talking about a serious injury and a guy being stupid and making himself even more hurt, but just that the people around him will tell you, he goes to the trainer’s room for the slightest issue. A hangnail, that can be a problem.”