Memphis Grizzlies' Ed Davis Deserves a Chance

By Rob Lunder
Memphis Grizzlies, Ed Davis
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The Memphis Grizzlies traded star forward Rudy Gay before the trading deadline this past season, and one of the more intriguing pieces they received in return was young forward Ed Davis. He was in the midst of an excellent run for the Toronto Raptors before being shipped to Memphis. The Raptors were looking for that star player and even though Gay is probably overvalued a little in the league, the team felt it made sense to make the move. Once Davis got to Memphis, he did not make nearly the same type of impact and it was rather frustrating to see.

Davis started off the year with a fairly minimal impact, but as the season progressed, he continued to feel more and more comfortable at the power forward spot. He was routinely posting double-double lines and was making significant strides on the defensive end. He offers great length at the forward position and also possesses outstanding athleticism for a guy standing 6’10. He started a possible 24 out of 45 games for Toronto averaging just less than 25 minutes per game. Once he was starting full-time, he was easily averaging over 30 minutes per game. Once he started suiting up for Memphis, his previous minutes went down the toilet. He only averaged 15 minutes per game for the Grizzlies, and it was surprising that then head coach Lionel Hollins would consistently play Darrell Arthur in front of him instead.

Davis is a very intriguing player and needs more consistent playing time to prove his worth.


Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For all NBA news go to the league home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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