Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis made his season debut Saturday night against the Miami Heat, and he hit the ground running with 20 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist in the game. Davis suffered a broken left foot last season, which limited him to just 34 games, and he missed the start of this season after surgery to replace a screw in the foot set back his recovery.
Davis has clearly stepped right into a prominent role for the Magic, but does that make him a top waiver wire addition for fantasy basketball owners?
Davis set career-highs across the board last season prior to being injured, as he averaged 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while playing just over 31 minutes per game and starting 33 of the 34 games he played.
Davis came off the bench on Saturday night and played 26 minutes, but regardless of his role he should top 30 minutes in most games as long as he avoids setbacks with his surgically-repaired foot. Once Tobias Harris (ankle) returns to action that will create more competition for minutes in Orlando’s frontcourt, but Davis should still be a prominent part of the rotation.
Davis’ fantasy value will be fairly reliant on his level of playing time, since his counting stats (points, rebounds, etc.) will be where his impact is greatest. He is not a great shooter from the field (44.4 for his career) or the line (70.8 percent career), and his career averages is assists (0.9 per game) and blocked shots (0.3 per game) are lackluster and at minimum not noteworthy.
Davis is currently available in 84 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so that alone makes him a potentially appealing waiver wire addition. I think it’s unrealistic to chase Saturday night’s boxscore going forward, but as long as he stays healthy Davis can be a valuable piece in deep leagues.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.