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New Orleans Pelicans

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Duane Brooks (Two Years as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1842 (20th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $142.0 million (25th)
  • 2015-2016 Games Missed Due to Injury: 351 (30th)
  • 2015-2016 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $28.1 million (30th)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 1 (2010-11)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 30 (2011-12 and 2016-17)

Summary

The Pelicans’ disastrous 2015-16 season was defined by injury. Over the course of the season, 11 players missed over 10 games to injury and six players missed over 20. Forward Quincy Pondexter missed all 82 games following multiple surgeries for a cartilage issue in his left knee. In the end, the 351 games the Pelicans lost to injury or illness was the second highest total in the NBA over since the league eliminated the injured reserve prior to the 2005-06 season.

The injuries were relentless with players enduring fractures, cartilage tears, and soft tissue ailments. Franchise stalwart Anthony Davis saw his season prematurely end for the third time in his four-year career after the All-Star big aggravated a previous shoulder injury and then opted for an ultrasonic debridement on his problematic left knee.

Brooks and company will now look to get the team back on track though they are starting the season in a similar spot. Pondexter’s knee remains an issue and guard Tyreke Evans is expected to miss a significant stretch after his fourth knee surgery in two seasons. On the plus side, Davis is available to start the season after suffering a moderate ankle sprain in the preseason.

 

 

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