5 NBA Stars to Shine in the 2022 Playoffs upon Their Return

Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson could return in NBA playoffs
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The NBA regular round is in its final stretch and there is a list of stars who could return from injury to help their respective teams achieve great results in the playoffs in the 2021-22 season.

Injured NBA Stars Who Are Close to Returning:

5.- Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets

Jamal Murray has yet to make his debut in the 2021-22 NBA season.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Nuggets have remained in the Western Conference standings due to the superlative performance of reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. However, the return of Jamal Murray would raise the team’s level to the point of making it a serious favorite to reach the series that defines the champion of the season.

After 5 years in the NBA, Murray averages per game 16.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds with 36.7% three-point shooting.

4.- Ben Simmons – Brooklyn Nets

Ben Simmons left 76ers through the back door
Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons watches practice before an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Australian did not play with the Philadelphia 76ers in the current campaign, and due to his physical problems he has not been able to make his debut with the Nets yet.

In the midst of an inconsistent season for Brooklyn, Simmons‘ entry into the starting five would be more than enough of a boost for the team to regain its tag as the favorite in the Eastern Conference.

In the 2020-21 NBA campaign, the three-time All-Star averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.

3.- Lonzo Ball – Chicago Bulls

Lonzo Ball makes NBA debut with Lakers
Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles up court against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)

Lonzo Ball starred in the Chicago Bulls’ explosive start to the season, and his absence due to a knee injury has disrupted the performance of a team that finds itself in fifth place in the Eastern Conference after being on top for a considerable period of the regular round significantly.

In his first year in Chicago, Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

2.- Zion Williamson – New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson shined with Duke before he came to the NBA
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) appears during the NBA Pelicans Media Day in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

The Pelicans are coming off an exciting close to the regular season that has them in good position heading into the NBA play-in tournament.

At the moment, the team led by Willie Green has Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum as the main offensive figures. In addition to the imposing presence of Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas in the paint. However, the top figure, Zion Williamson, is still missing.

The former Duke University star has not played so far this season because of a foot problem, but has been cleared for on-court activities, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

1.- Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis won 2020 title with Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Golden State warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

The situation is becoming increasingly dramatic for the Lakers, and the return of Anthony Davis would be a ray of hope for a team that started the season with the tag of top favorite in the NBA’s Western Conference.

In the current season, Davis averages 23.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, with 53.7% from the field and a poor 70.9% from the foul shot line.

It will be extremely interesting to see who can finally return to action to make an impact on their team’s system. For now, everything is speculation and projection.

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