3. Ed Davis brings experience from many different NBA cultures
The Brooklyn Nets will be Ed Davis’ fifth NBA team in his ninth season, so he’s seen many different approaches to attacking life in the NBA.
He’s played for six different head coaches: Jay Triano and Dwane Casey with the Toronto Raptors, Lionel Hollins and Dave Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies, Byron Scott with the Los Angeles Lakers and Terry Stotts with the Trail Blazers.
He’s played for playoff teams in Memphis and Portland. He’s played for teams high in the lottery in Toronto and L.A.
The reactions from former Blazers teammates to his departure said a lot about what Davis brings to an organization.
Backup centers don’t usually elicit that sort of public display when they switch clubs, so it speaks to Davis’ intangibles that the star-studded members of Portland’s vaunted backcourt expressed their disappointment so openly.
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Part of what Davis brings to the Nets is a clear understanding of what he is and, more importantly, what he is not.
He’s not going to camp out on the perimeter looking to take long jumpers. He’s an inside force and knows that is what he is.
Many players can get caught up in the game within the game of trying to fill roles and do things that are just not within their skill sets. Davis is not that guy.
He will crash the glass — he did so to the tune of 14.1 boards per 36 minutes last season and his career average per 36 is 11.4 (but 12.9 the last three years in Portland).
He’ll challenge shooters, with 1.6 blocks per 36 in his career.
Davis will take his looks when they come and they will be high-percentage shots. He’s attempted a whopping two 3-pointers in eight seasons and only 14.5 percent of his career shot attempts have come from 10 feet or beyond.
That solves the riddle of why Davis is a career 56.4 percent shooter and hit 58.2 percent a season ago. He’s also topped 60 percent twice in his career, both in 2014-15 with a bad Lakers team and in 2015-16 with a good Blazers club.
Yes, it’s not often a backup center generated this much excitement. But the trauma of watching Nets big men take the ball out of bounds after yet another inside score for the opposition was very real. Davis will help with that on many levels.