Julius Randle - After Julius Randle had a stellar Pelicans debut, he popped up on the injury report with left foot plantar fasciitis. This is not encouraging words, but it doesn’t seem like anything too serious at the moment. This is an injury that can further flare up if not rested, so Randle will need to be careful. If anything was to happen, this really hurts the Pelicans bench, as he was the only one to score and chip in.
The New Orleans Pelicans history is fairly short given they have been changing names and cities over the last several years. Looking back at the last decade, they have had to deal with a handful of severe injuries. Back in 2012, Jarrett Jack had a stress fracture in his foot, which caused him to miss the last few months of the 2012 season. After moving over from the Kings, Tyreke Evans had knee issues, and eventually needed surgery in the 2014 season. He would return later on, but did have some issues. Evans would again have surgery in 2015 on the same knee.
Jrue Holiday ended up having to get surgery in 2015, where he had to remove a screw in his right leg. Holiday would make a full recovery and have no further issues. Before Eric Gordon went off to Houston, he had some injuries in New Orleans where he fractured a finger, but also dealt with some various leg injuries. He would end up needing surgery on it, and miss some time. He fractured the same finger a few months later and miss the year. It was more of the same for Tyreke Evans a few years later, as 2016 brought him another surgery on his knee.
Despite being labeled as injury prone, Anthony Davis has only had one somewhat major injury. In 2016 Davis had to have minor surgery in 2016, where he missed the rest of the season, but only about a month was left in the season. Holiday fractured his right inferior orbital wall just a few games later, which left the Pelicans without their two best players. The next season didn’t open up much better as Lance Stephenson tore his groin muscle just a few games into the year. The big injury for the Pelicans was DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles in the 2017 season. Cousins is still rehabbing, and this is an injury that can completely derail a career.