July 23: Ed Davis signs (finally)
One of the surprises of the first day of free agency on July 1 was the news that Ed Davis, a veteran backup big man who spent the last three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, had agreed to a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets for the $4.5 million biannual exception.
Davis is a traditional big, able to play the 4 or the 5, run to the rim, do some damage in the low post, provide average rim protection and grind on the glass and at the defensive end.
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The eight-year veteran has only started 94 games in his career, none last season, but is a terrific rebounder and adequate inside scorer who brings some bulk at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds.
He’s just the sort of proven veteran big the Nets needed to backup and mentor young Jarrett Allen. He’ll give Brooklyn quality minutes in spurts and also teach Allen how to better use his big body in space.
Davis absolutely will not stretch the floor — he’s taken two three-pointers in his career. His shot distributiion is very similar to another traditional big man joining the Nets this season, Kenneth Faried.
Davis had taken 58.5 percent of his career attempts inside of three feet and only 11.4 percent from beyond 10 feet.
Last season, he took 69.5 percent of his shots in the restricted area and 3.7 from beyond 10 feet. He knows what he can do and does it.
This is a very good addition on a number of levels. Not only is he one of the best backup bigs in the business, but he chose Brooklyn over a number of other suitors. That’s a sign that things are being done right by the Nets.