The NBA season is inching closer by the day for the San Antonio Spurs, but there is still one roster spot open. The spot may finally be sewn up after the recent signing of San Diego State alum Josh Davis.
Now the contract is rumored to be a multi-year deal with no guarantees, as he has to earn a legitimate spot and contract. Much like Bryce Cotton, Davis will be given the chance to prove himself in training camp for the sole rights to the final spot on the reigning champions’ roster.
If any player has a chance make the team, it is Davis. His raw talent and athleticism coupled with his 6-foot-8 frame make him just the kind of player Gregg Popovich would love to mold. The swing forward went undrafted this year after coming off a disappointing senior campaign at San Diego State. The previous year at Tulane saw Davis average 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds. Now compare that to the 7.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game he owned as an Aztec.
Davis mainly plays the four spot, but he can swing to the three as well. His strengths come in the form of energy and aggression, which will translate to him rebounding like a maniac (always a plus). His Kenneth Faried-type of motor will make him a definite favorite to the Spurs’ coaching staff and teammates. His flaws, such as perimeter shooting and post-defense, can be solved with just plain work ethic.
A similar move with another former San Diego State player, Kawhi Leonard, paid off immensely for the Spurs. The pick-up of Davis has the opportunity to lend a major return on investment as well. Time will tell how Davis and the Spurs will mesh, but don’t be surprised if Davis hoisting up the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of this season.