Pelicans Should Sit Anthony Davis For Rest Of Season

It doesn't make sense – for either side – for Davis to play, Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 06, 2019 - 10:56 am

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Anthony Davis is listed as questionable to play against Chicago on Wednesday, and New Orleans Times-Picayune Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez has no idea why.

“(It’s) mind-boggling to me,” Lopez said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I don’t see why he would suit up for the rest of the year for these last 28 games. They’re not going to make the playoffs.”

The Pelicans (23-31) are 13th in the Western Conference standings. They trail the eighth-seeded Clippers (30-25) by 6.5 games.

“There is no value, to me, in playing Anthony Davis the final 28 games of the year if you’re the Pelicans,” Lopez said. “One, you’re six or seven games out of the playoffs. You have to jump five teams to get back in the playoffs. If you play Anthony Davis, he hasn’t been the model of health throughout his career. He’s never played all 82 games in a season.”

In fact, Davis – who is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks – has played 70+ games just twice in his six-year career.

Also, two words: DeMarcus Cousins.

“One step by Boogie Cousins off a missed free throw completely changed your franchise,” Lopez said. “If Boogie doesn’t get hurt last year, he’s signing a max deal in the offseason that you’re going to put on the table – and then Anthony Davis isn’t even thinking about going anywhere. But Boogie tears his Achilles, and everything changes. 

“If I’m AD, I don’t want to play,” Lopez continued. “I’ve already requested a trade. I’m thinking about L.A. And if you’re the Pelicans, you want to lose more games. You want to try to bump your own chances up (in the lottery). I just don’t see why for either party it makes sense to play Anthony Davis the rest of this year.”