COMMENTARY | After 10 games, the New Orleans Hornets are a disappointing 3-7. The buzz in New Orleans had me convinced that this was the most highly anticipated season since the Hornets flew to the Big Easy. But two key injuries and a surprisingly subpar defense have some Hornets' fans already looking forward to the 2013 NBA Draft.
Only the most diehard of fans thought that a trip to the NBA Playoffs was a serious possibility for the young Hornets. I think most fans just wanted to see Anthony Davis grow and develop in New Orleans. But Davis has already missed four of 10 games with two different injuries: a concussion and a stress reaction in his left ankle.
Before the season, many NBA experts were comparing Anthony Davis to Marcus Camby and Tyson Chandler. Now I'm beginning to hear comparisons to Greg Oden. The stress reaction that Davis is currently dealing with is in the same ankle that he sprained over the summer, almost causing him to miss the Summer Olympics.
However, a summer workout in New Orleans and four missed NBA games are too small of a sample size to declare Davis injury-prone. Last season, the Kentucky Wildcats played a whopping 40 games and Anthony Davis appeared in all 40. As a senior at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, he did miss a few games with an injured thumb.
The other factor to consider when assessing Anthony Davis's stamina for the Hornets is that he has played more high-level basketball in the last eight months than any other 19-year-old on the planet. And his body has not had a chance to develop around his sky-rocketing growth spurt.
Anthony Davis's first injury of the first season was a freak accident on an elbow from Hornets teammate Austin Rivers. As soon as the elbow landed on Davis's cranium, concussion protocol went into effect. This would have caused any player to miss time. Personally, I felt good that Davis only missed two games for New Orleans.
The stress reaction in that same left ankle is more cause for concern. But a stress reaction is not a stress fracture. I believe this is a clear example of the Hornets recognizing that Anthony Davis's health and well-being this season are more important than a playoff push. And I think it's a good sign that he left New Orleans to travel with the team.
The media has to find something to talk about so I can't blame them for exercising hyperbole with respect to Anthony Davis's injuries. But any comparisons between Davis and Greg Oden are premature at best. Davis has been incredible in six Hornets games this season and fans in New Orleans should feel good about that.
Anthony Davis is a future NBA All-Star and he will someday help the New Orleans Hornets contend for an NBA title.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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