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New Orleans Pelicans

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If not for the ever persistent Anthony Davis trade rumors, the recent injury woes of the franchise would be the primary headline in New Orleans. The concerns are well-founded as the Pelicans have finished at the bottom of the league in terms of games lost to injury or illness in two of the last three seasons. This includes a disappointing 2017-18 season in which the team surrendered 340 games lost to injury and nearly $30 million in salary.

Two players, Alexis Ajinca and Frank Jackson, accounted for nearly half of the total games lost as their respective injuries forced both to spend the entire season in street clothes. DeMarcus Cousins’ January Achilles tear was the most significant injury, costing the team 34 more games lost and over $7 million in salary. Concerns about his long-term durability following the injury eventually played a factor in his departure from the organization and his decision to sign a one-year deal with the Warriors.

However the sustained stretch of good health for franchise stalwarts Davis and Jrue Holiday has been lost in the noise of last few seasons. The once injury prone duo has lost a combined 17 games due to injury or illness over the past two seasons. Keeping these two All-Stars on the court is a primary reason the Pelicans have remained relevant in the standings despite the injury struggles.

The franchise hopes a shakeup in the medical team will help reinvigorate the group. Physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer Jared Lewis was promoted and given the title of Director of Athletic Therapy & Rehabilitation after former head AT Duane Brooks left to join the Baltimore Ravens training staff. Former head athletic trainer Jon Ishop returns to the staff after four years as the head athletic trainer and Director of Sports Medicine of the Pistons. Ishop’s familiarity with Davis should help bolster the staff and keep the Pelicans on the court.

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  4. […] in games lost to injury more than they have finished above average in games won, according to InStreetClothes.com. This season, the number of DNPs on their injury list has become as prolific as the Warriors’ […]

  5. […] in games lost to injury more than they have finished above average in games won, according to InStreetClothes.com. This season, the number of DNPs on their injury list has become as prolific as the Warriors’ […]

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  7. […] his five seasons in New Orleans and the injuries didn’t stop with him. According to the site InStreetClothes.com, the Pelicans have had more players miss games due to injury than 66% of their NBA rivals […]

  8. […] his five seasons in New Orleans and the injuries didn’t stop with him. According to the site InStreetClothes.com, the Pelicans have had more players miss games due to injury than 66% of their NBA rivals […]

  9. […] his five seasons in New Orleans and the injuries didn’t stop with him. According to the site InStreetClothes.com, the Pelicans have had more players miss games due to injury than 66% of their NBA rivals […]

  10. […] both the 2011-12 and 2015-16 seasons, the Pelicans had the most games missed due to injury in the NBA. Their 351 games missed due to injury in 2015-16 were the most this […]

  11. […] in recent years. In 2016-17, per Stotts’ account-maintaining, the Pelicans completed with the 1/Three-highest entire of video games misplaced on account of player damage. And that used to be a drastic […]

  12. […] in recent years. In 2016-17, according to Stotts’ record-keeping, the Pelicans finished with the third-highest total of games lost due to player injury. And that was a drastic improvement. In 2015-16, the […]

  13. […] in recent years. In 2016-17, according to Stotts’ record-keeping, the Pelicans finished with the third-highest total of games lost due to player injury. And that was a drastic improvement. In 2015-16, the […]

  14. […] recent years. In 2016-17, according to Stotts’ record-keeping, the Pelicans finished with the third-highest total of games lost due to player injury. And that was a drastic improvement. In 2015-16, the […]

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