Respect... I think going forward, it will be better if we can use Amir and Jose (already is) in trade discussions. I have enough faith in Davis to be a solid backup behind Andrea, but that's as far as his ceiling goes.
SI's take on Ed Davis:
Heíll struggle for minutes with Valanciunas around, especially once you toss in Linas Kleiza as a small-ball power forward. Davis, 23, just hasnít developed much, on either end, and looks more and more like a fringe rotation player ó if he sticks in the league.
I will continue to hope a first full training camp and regular practices will do wonders for his development.
If he does these things he will automatically get more playing time because somebody else on the bench will forget to do them. As it is, I will be surprised if Ed can meet these simple requirements.
Personally I think that ED can be a starter in this league. It took Kris Humphries a couple years to find his niche. ED has a higher skill level to me. He just has to work on his body.
Even when Hump was in Toronto, he was a very capable scorer and rebounder. His only knock was that he was too trigger happy (he thought he was Charles Barkley). He became a better player not because he improved his skill, but because he realized what his role was.
Davis, on the other hand, is extremely raw in every facet of the game, and hasn't shown much improvement since college.
I'm withholding comment until the all star break. He got his summer league, his summer with the coaches, he will get his full training camp. I would like to see where he is at in February before I join the ship him out chants
Time to do a bit of digging and bring this thread back to the surface. So far, ED is doing exactly what he seemed to mean in this tweet : play hard to shut the doubters' mouthes.
To me, the most significant change is in his body language : no more shy looks at his feet, he's looking every opponent right in the eyes and challenge them to beat him. The result is great : he looks 10 times bigger than he used to, his shoulders are wider, he's a beast. A raw beast, but a beast. Part of it comes from the gym, but part of it comes from this new attitude.
Anyone still thinks that this kid would be lucky to have a job in the league in the upcoming years ?