The Hornets announced Thursday that rookie forward Anthony Davis will be shut down for the rest of the 2012-13 season after an MRI revealed that he sustained a sprained MCL and bone bruise in his left knee during a 121-110 loss to the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday night. The MRI confirmed that there was no additional structural damage.
Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, suffered the injury as he stepped in to draw an offensive foul against a hard-charging Marcus Thornton with a little less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He exited the game with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in 32 minutes and did not return.
The long, active forward will miss the final three games remaining on New Orleans' schedule. The 27-52 Hornets are lottery-bound so there are no playoff implications at work here.
Davis, 20, averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1 assist in 28.8 minutes per game as a rookie. He made 64 appearances this season, missing time due to an ankle injury, a shoulder sprain and a concussion. Despite those injuries, he currently ranks second among all qualified rookies with a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 21.8, trailing only Pistons center Andre Drummond.
Entering the season as the favorite for 2013 Rookie of the Year after a spectacular one-and-done freshman season at Kentucky, Davis will likely finish second to Blazers guard Damian Lillard.