Anthony Davis is one of the best big men in the game. He is a two-way force, who can defend multiple positions, while also being an elite scorer on the other end. Over the course of this season, Anthony Davis has averaged 23.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, and 3.1 APG.
While there is no doubt that Anthony Davis is a future Hall of Famer, there are many who have criticized him for him being frequently injured. Anthony Davis has recently addressed his durability, claiming that he's a "motherf***er" when healthy, but added that he has to "stay healthy". Dave McMenamin of ESPN relayed the news.
"My job is to be on the basketball floor and play games," Davis said. "When I'm healthy, I'm a motherf---er. But I got to stay healthy. Unfortunately it was two injuries I couldn't control this year but I'll be back at it next year and see what happens."
Davis missed 17 straight games from late December until late January after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee. Then in mid-February, he had the foot injury, causing him to miss 18 straight games.
But those injuries, Davis said, do not make him injury prone. Both stemmed from unfortunate circumstances that would have hurt any player.
"I had no injuries this year where it was, 'Damn, that's AD's fault,'" Davis said. "Someone falls into my leg, sprains my MCL. The same exact thing [Kevin Durant] had."
Anthony Davis mentions that his injuries this season weren't his fault, and that's definitely a fair claim. There's not much one can do to prevent another player from falling onto one's leg.
Hopefully, we see Anthony Davis end up being healthier next season. The Los Angeles Lakers will need him at full strength to bounce back from this season, and perhaps he will be able to avoid injuries next year.