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    Default Could Ed Davis be our Tyson Chandler?

    If Casey is made our head Coach, do you think we could use Ed Davis the same way that the Mavs have used Tyson Chandler?
    I have always been against Ed Davis being moved to the five as I think he has a lot more potential at the four but he is actually about the same size a chanldler and has a very similar skill set. If BC intends to bring Casey in to implement a defense similar to what the Mavs used to beat the Heat, the main things we would be lacking are elite level defenders at the three and five. If Ed Davis puts on the weight he said he would and James Johnson takes a step forward defensively, I think that our current roster may be able to make a fairly significant improvement defensively under Casey. We obviously wouldn't be as good as the Mave as Dirk is so much better than Bargs at both ends it hurts, but we may be able to implement a similar game plan and have some success.
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    I think people underestimate how long Tyson Chandler is, he is 6'11.5" in flat feet, 7'1" in shoes, he is a legit 7 footer. Ed may put on the weight and has good length, but he is not all that close to being the same size as Tyson. Saying that is like saying Demar is actually about the same size as Kevin Durant.

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    Quote WJF wrote: View Post
    I think people underestimate how long Tyson Chandler is, he is 6'11.5" in flat feet, 7'1" in shoes, he is a legit 7 footer. Ed may put on the weight and has good length, but he is not all that close to being the same size as Tyson. Saying that is like saying Demar is actually about the same size as Kevin Durant.
    I thought the same thing at first but if you check Draft Express you'll see Chandler actually only has a 2" standing reach advantage on Davis. Given that Chandler's wingspan likely hasn't increased too much and that Ed has a better vertical leap, I think that they are actually very simialar in terms of their ability to alter shots and defend.

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    ya i think ed would play well at the 5 spot. he has the length and will hopefully gain the weight to play the 5 spot and move amir into the starting line up at the four and dorsey can back him up.

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    I think Ed Davis can be a lot more than Tyson Chandler long term.

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    Quote hateslosing wrote: View Post
    I thought the same thing at first but if you check Draft Express you'll see Chandler actually only has a 2" standing reach advantage on Davis. Given that Chandler's wingspan likely hasn't increased too much and that Ed has a better vertical leap, I think that they are actually very simialar in terms of their ability to alter shots and defend.

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    i totally agree, no one cares about height anymore. its abuot standing reach and vertical. look at all the biyombo hype. Bismack biyombo is only 6'9 but his standing reach could make him a solid center. if jermaine oneal played PF/C i see no reason ed couldnt.

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    I think Ed Davis can be a lot more than Tyson Chandler long term.
    I agree: long terms Ed could be buch better than Chandler. However, if he plays like Chandler in this coming season I think you have to be happy with that.
    Also this is more about assessing whether or not Davis could play the same roll on defense as Chandler in Casey's scheme. I am not attempting to say that Ed Davis' should strive to be the next Chandler.
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    I would like to see a Kanter and Davis pairing for the long term.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I would like to see a Kanter and Davis pairing for the long term.
    that would be a a solid combo. and we would have 3 of our 5 positions secured. C, PF, SG

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I would like to see a Kanter and Davis pairing for the long term.
    Are we now convinced Kanter can play the 5?

    Can Davis be Chandler? Who knows. All I want next season is for Ed to get big minutes and continue to improve on both ends. I'm not sure he can anchor a defense like Chandler but he can certainly be a very good defender if he wants to be one cause he has great instincts, a hig BB IQ, and the athleticism to translate his reads into plays. The other thing, though, is that everyone is obsessed with defense right now but Davis should also be working on adding two or three post moves and a steady 15 foot jumper to his game. If he can do that over the next couple years he will be a valuable piece, Chandler or not.

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    it's that time of year again. with the hopefulness comparisons.
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    ya i think ed would play well at the 5 spot. he has the length and will hopefully gain the weight to play the 5 spot and move amir into the starting line up at the four and dorsey can back him up.
    As of right now Ed was getting bodied at the 4 so the 5 isn't an option. His help defense is great with excellent timing but this isn't enough for him to play the 5. He would get backed under the net every possession and he sitting on the bench in foul trouble. Let the kid guard the 4 and have some time to put weight on (2 years minimal) before we start talking the 5 spot.
    As for the mention of Amir and Davis together starting and Dorsey backing them up not sure where your going to get scoring from and none of those 3 are lock down defenders so we'd lose the battle of the big's game in game out.

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    Quote WJF wrote: View Post
    I think people underestimate how long Tyson Chandler is, he is 6'11.5" in flat feet, 7'1" in shoes, he is a legit 7 footer. Ed may put on the weight and has good length, but he is not all that close to being the same size as Tyson. Saying that is like saying Demar is actually about the same size as Kevin Durant.
    Chandler is phenomenal at helping his guards. His hedging is amongst the best in the league, is a very capable pick 'n roll defender, and has excellent recoverability on defense. He's also active and uses his body very when challenging shots. The rebounding goes without saying.

    Ed Davis has a while to go before he becomes even close to a defender as Chandler, and it's not Davis' lack of physical ability that will prevent him from becoming so. Fans always talk about "decision making" relating to offense, but the same applies on defense as well and that's where Davis has to grow (which I think he will). If he develops his defensive IQ, there's no reason to believe he won't be a defensive stalwart.

    For completeness, Davis is already a much better offensive player than Chandler.

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    Are we now convinced Kanter can play the 5?
    Were we ever not? He's 6'11 and 260 lbs. I'm pretty sure he can play the 5.
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    I like Ed Davis and his impact and he does have the potential to make a huge impact on defense, however, I don't like the idea of moving him to the 5 spot. I think he'll be most effective at the 4 spot.
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    Keep in mind that Chandler got bounced around alot before he found a system that optimized his talents, and before he really matured. If you really want to see David become Chandler, please show a modicum of patience for his development. But I know that people will be calling for his head by mid-season.

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    Quote RAPresenting wrote: View Post
    As of right now Ed was getting bodied at the 4 so the 5 isn't an option. His help defense is great with excellent timing but this isn't enough for him to play the 5. He would get backed under the net every possession and he sitting on the bench in foul trouble. Let the kid guard the 4 and have some time to put weight on (2 years minimal) before we start talking the 5 spot.
    As for the mention of Amir and Davis together starting and Dorsey backing them up not sure where your going to get scoring from and none of those 3 are lock down defenders so we'd lose the battle of the big's game in game out.
    Ed played the 5 this year already... why cant he play it more next year? not every team has a center big enough to back down Ed. still our best case scenario is kanter and davis with kanter at the 5.
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    Ed played the 5 this year already... why cant he play it more next year? not every team has a center big enough to back down Ed. still our best case scenario is kanter and davis with kanter at the 5.
    So did Dre whats your point? Because your listed there doesn't mean your good at it... I agree not every team has a big center but we was getting backed down by 4's let alone 5's. 4's such as Boozer, West, Z-Bo just quickly of the top of my head ate him in the post. Imagine him trying to guard guys like Dwight, Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert, Kaman or even someone like Duncan? Let the kid play the 4 and allow him to put weight on gradually allowing him to keep his quicks rather then piling weight on quickly.

    As for the Kanter I'm not sure he's as sure a bet as many have said. The kid hasn't played in over a year and even in Europe it was only 18 games his last season (I may be wrong). He had an outstanding game at the Summit but is that enough to make him a sure thing? BC can't afford high risk with a 2 year contract so I could see him going Walker or even Leonard (to help our perimeter defense).

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    Quote ezz_bee wrote: View Post
    I like Ed Davis and his impact and he does have the potential to make a huge impact on defense, however, I don't like the idea of moving him to the 5 spot. I think he'll be most effective at the 4 spot.
    Agree 100%

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    Honestly, I think it's too early to tell.

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