Right before the regular season was set to begin Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie made one last roster move. He jumped at the opportunity to sign Brandon Davies when the Los Angeles Clippers decided to let him go at the conclusion of the preseason.
The rookie out of BYU went undrafted, but he had a pretty successful career including averaging over 15 points and seven rebounds in his final year. Davies only saw 14 minutes of action in the first five games including three DNPs via the coach’s decision. But in the past seven he has recorded double digit minutes in all but one game once he received his opportunity thanks to a Daniel Orton injury.
Now that Orton is back and healthy Davies is still the one getting the minutes off the bench from Brett Brown. It is even to the point where Brown went with Davies early in the third quarter because Thaddeus Young was struggling so badly last night. The element that Davies provides over Orton and Lavoy Allen that coach Brown likes so much is his hustle.
If you watched last night’s game you saw a very active 17 minutes from Davies that included constantly diving on the floor, forcing jump balls and fighting on the offensive and defensive glass. The offensive game hasn’t really come along yet for Davies, but it doesn’t really need to yet. When Thad and Spencer Hawes come to the bench and the second unit comes in Brown needs someone who is active and gives maximum effort to try and create extra possessions. That is why he has appeared to jump Orton on the depth chart, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he continued to see more playing time in the near future.