2. Ed Davis brings the lessons learned in a long career
Ed Davis is an eight-year veteran, coming into a situation with the Brooklyn Nets where he will back up second-year big man Jarrett Allen.
Davis brings with him the experience of more than 11,000 minutes of NBA action and eight years of working with — and against — NBA big men of every possible skill set.
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For parts of two seasons, Davis backed up the Memphis Grizzlies’ grit-and-grind combination of Marc Gasol (Defensive Player of the Year playing in front of Davis in 2013-14) and Zach Randolph (owner of every low-post move known to mankind, at the very least).
Contrasting styles, contrasting lessons to be learned.
And now Davis can impart that wisdom to Allen, who really lacked an effective veteran big man mentor last season.
They have differing styles of play — Allen is long and lanky, quick and athletic.
Davis is more of a traditional big man, but there are commonalities to playing interior defense in the NBA when it comes to footwork, recognizing when to attack a ballhandler on the pick-and-roll and when to hedge and what to look for to know when to step up as a help defender when a dribbler breaks down his man.
Those lessons can be taught in the film room, in conversations and the hard way, by showing the kid the ropes on the practice floor.