Griffin, one of the three recently named players to Team USA along with point guard James Harden and small forward Andre Iguodala, would tear his meniscus in his left knee during the United States 113-59 rout of the Dominican Republic.
Davis, the number one overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets out of Kentucky, would officially be named as Griffin’s replacement.
The former Naismith Award recipient and Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament, would score nine points in ten minutes in place of Griffin.
Davis, who would not be selected to the team due to a sprained ankle, is now in the ironic position of replacing another player after being injured himself.
While Team USA will miss Griffin’s explosiveness and high-flying dunks, The United States may have gotten much better down low in the post with the 6’10, 220-pound Davis.
With center Tyson Chandler being the only seven footer on the roster, the addition of Davis, give the Americans another staunch defender in the low post.
Davis is a perfect complement to forward Kevin Love—who is more of a stretch four, due to his outside shooting—his knack for shot-blocking and rebounding makes Team USA a much more formidable team.
Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.
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