Anthony Davis Done For Season, Eric Gordon Set For Surgery
New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis will miss the remainder of the season as he continues to deal with back spasms. Eric Gordon is set for another knee surgery. The team announced the news earlier today.
Davis ends his sophomore NBA season with an impressive double-double average. 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game are extremely impressive for any player, but especially for a young 21-year old. He showed a high ceiling this season, giving Pelican fans extreme optimism about the future of the franchise.
Eric Gordon’s season is a different story. While he actually played his most games in a season since joining the Pelicans, his knee history, coupled with the latest news that he’ll undergo microscopic knee surgery, is part of the concern. The other concern is his numbers. In 64 games, he averaged 15.4 points and 3.3 assists per game. While the numbers aren’t bad, he’s certainly not playing up to his lofty contract.
Gordon is set to make $14,898,958 next season, with a player option the following season at $15,514,031. With a number of scoring options when healthy, the Pelicans need Gordon to contribute in other areas of the game. His overall impact was modest, but again, not worthy of the guaranteed contract.
With only 4 games left in the season, New Orleans will give young players heavy minutes down the final stretch. Whether it be Jeff Withey or Darius Miller, the remaining games will be important in determining who will be in New Orleans next season.