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Anthony Davis | Center/Forward | #23

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 220
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (1) / NO
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Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.
"Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Sep 25 - 10:25 AM

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Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 2:30 PM

Anthony Davis has reportedly added "some strength to his frame" this offseason, according to the team's website.

Here we go again. According to previous reports, Davis has reportedly gained 15 pounds of muscle in June of 2012, September of 2013, June of 2014 and September of 2015. If he gains 15 pounds of muscle again, that would mean he's gained more muscle since his college days than the weight of two average adult pelicans. Learn something new every day, right?
Source: NBA.com
Sep 8 - 10:34 PM

Anthony Davis (left knee surgery) has been fully cleared for basketball activities.

Davis' 2015-16 campaign was cut short after he was forced to go under the knife to deal with tendinitis he was experiencing in his left knee, but he's fully recovered from that procedure, and he's already begun scrimmaging with his teammates. Davis is on track to come into training camp healthy, but those that decide to invest a first-round selection on The Brow will need to consider the fact that through four years of NBA experience, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 8 - 4:51 PM

Anthony Davis (left knee) is expected to start the season with no medical restrictions, according to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps.

Davis underwent knee surgery in March and has been recovering from a shoulder tear, but is expected to be 100 percent healthy when the regular season starts. This is great news as fantasy draft season begins, but he'll continue to be an extreme high-risk, high-reward pick in the first round of drafts.
Sep 8 - 11:44 AM

Anthony Davis (left knee) is expected to resume basketball activities in early August and be fully healthy for training camp, according to Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

Davis had a debridement procedure and bone marrow injection in his left knee on March 25, but he's already shooting and has reportedly added muscle to his slim frame. Davis is also recovering from a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, which ultimately didn't require surgery, so there are plenty of injury concerns even if he's dubbed "100 percent" for training camp. He'll be an extreme case of a high-risk, high-reward draft pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 7:32 PM

Buddy Hield said playing with Anthony Davis will be like a "pick your poison" choice for NBA defenses.

"If he’s operating in the post, guys can’t double him," Hield said of Davis. "His ability to pick-and-pop, catch-and-shoot, that spreads the floor for everybody." The Pelicans were in the middle of the pack for 3-pointers made last year, but they are very likely going to lose their top guys for total treys, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. Davis and Hield should be counting on each other quite a bit.
Source: NBA.cm
Jun 25 - 6:12 PM

Anthony Davis took a $24 million loss for not making one of the three All-NBA teams.

Davis either had to be voted into the starting lineup for the Western All-Star team or make an All-NBA team to reach the bonus. Instead of $145 million over the next five years, Davis will now make $121 million. Davis is currently recovering from knee surgery and is expected to be ready in time for training camp, so hopefully he uses this as motivation for next season.
May 27 - 11:35 AM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is hoping to be ready when training camp begins.

Davis didn't want to discuss specifics of his rehab, instead opting for the standard response of "going well" while saying that he hopes to be 100 percent by the time camp rolls around. AD, the Pelicans' medical staff, his trainers and physical therapist John Meyer are all part of the consultation process in Davis' road to recovery, so there are plenty of knowledgable voices in the room. As an aside, Alvin Gentry wants Davis to develop "a stronger base" and also shoot "in the high 30s" from distance. As long as he's at it, maybe Davis could facilitate world peace, too. Jokes aside, it's clear Gentry is intent on developing all areas of The Brow's game as the Pelicans look to successfully build around him.
May 9 - 10:33 AM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he will give Anthony Davis (knee) more opportunities to be the "go-to guy" next season.

"He’ll continue to grow as a player," Gentry said. "He just celebrated his 23rd birthday. He wants to be great. I think you’ll see him get stronger and he’ll become a better post-up player. I think his mid-range shooting game has been great. He made 35 threes this year, after making [three] his whole career before that. I also think you’ll see him become more of a go-to guy. I think he wants to do that, and we’ll give him more opportunities for him to do that." Davis is looking at a three-four month recovery from knee surgery and will be a risky pick in fantasy next season due to his durability concerns despite the obvious upside.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 11:29 AM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said he isn't worried about Anthony Davis (knee) long-term.

Gentry said it's just a matter of time and rehab for Davis, so there's nothing to worry about for 2016-17. Gentry also added that Davis will mostly play power forward next season in order to keep him away from playing against bigger players, so that's good news for his fantasy prospects. While Davis is a risky fantasy proposition due to his injury potential, he still possesses No. 1 overall pick upside for owners who are willing to roll the dice.
Apr 14 - 12:40 PM

Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) had left knee surgery on Thursday.

He is out 3-4 months from that surgery. The team adds it "has been determined Davis won't require surgery on his left shoulder" to repair a torn labrum. He is expected to miss 4-5 months and has already been ruled out for the Olympics.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 24 - 8:34 PM

Anthony Davis is dealing with tendinosis in his left knee, according to Pelicans beat writer Brett Dawson.

Also called chronic tendinitis, tendinosis is damage to a tendon at the cellular level. It's possible that AD is dealing with another MCL issue, as his left knee is the same area where he suffered an MCL sprain in 2013. Regardless, he'll undergo surgery this offseason and faces a long summer of rehab since he'll also be having a shoulder procedure to repair his torn (left) labrum.
Mar 21 - 8:48 PM

Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) said he expects to miss 4-5 months and will not play in the Olympics.

The other big news is that Davis said he's played through a torn labrum for the last three years. Davis said this recent knee injury is what prompted him to have shoulder surgery. Back in 2013, the Hornets/Pelicans were "tight lipped" on his shoulder injury and it cost him only two games following the injury. Hopefully, this surgery can keep him healthier for next season. Fantasy owners will probably see him go later in the first round next year even though he should be ready for camp.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The DFS price tags of Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Toney Douglas won't be at a "reasonable" level for another few games, so you'll want to heavily expose yourself to them while they provide elite value. The value of Omer Asik, Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt will be more matchup-based, but that trio will have punt play appeal as we inch toward the end of the regular season.
Mar 21 - 2:20 PM

Alvin Gentry ripped apart those who believe Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) is soft.

''It's amazing when people say he's soft and they don't understand that he's played through a situation with his shoulder the entire season,'' he said. Despite his coach's support, Davis will still have the injury-prone label in fantasy drafts next season, and he will no longer be the consensus No. 1 pick. In addition to undergoing surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder, Davis will have an unspecified procedure on his left knee that he'll be forced to rehab from, as well.
Mar 21 - 10:13 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1Buddy Hield
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Solomon Hill
3Quincy Pondexter
4Dante Cunningham
5Alonzo Gee
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
4Chris Copeland
5He Tianju
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Robert Sacre