Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn are two of the Los Angeles Lakers most important players. Injuries have prevented them from showing fans and pundits why they are. Davis has suffered a myriad of injuries including an MCL sprain and mid-foot sprain. Nunn is in the midst of battling a bone bruise that’s sidelined him for the entire regular season.
Davis is seemingly headed for a return. Last week marked the fourth week of his estimated re-evaluation timeline. Meanwhile, it’s been extremely quiet on the Nunn front. Head Coach Frank Vogel spoke to media after practice last week on updates for each player, as well as LeBron James and Talen Horton-Tucker (h/t @hmfaigen):
Frank Vogel says the team will have another practice tomorrow, but it will be non-contact. AD is not cleared to participate yet. Kendrick Nunn has not done anything, and THT and LeBron were off their feet today and are day-to-day.
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) March 25, 2022
I’m addition to Davis, Nunn would certainly add more talent to their group. Even those they have a number of guards, none of them share the scoring ability of Nunn. Many people forget that he was one of the top rookies in a class that includes Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, the 2019 Rookie of the Year.
It goes without saying how important Davis is to the team’s success. It’s a sliver of hope on the table when you imagine his all-world talent being infused into the team’s newfound rotation with more youth and energy. Davis looked like himself right before his foot injury.
Nunn was in a lot of trade rumors this season, as well. The injuries and rumors made for a unique set of obstacles that he’s done his best to navigate. If he makes it back and contributes, he can hopefully get a full year with the Lakers next season. Nunn was the team’s biggest free agent signings by the numbers. The Lakers used their taxpayer MLE to sign him to a two-year, $10.25 deal.
Davis and his Chicago brethren are needed more than ever to make a run in the play-in tournament and playoff race.