Scouting Ed Davis’ Post Game (Video)

When Ed Davis gets pulled over, he lets the cop off with a warning.

Do you like Ed Davis? How about grainy videos? Do you hate production quality? You like post moves? If you answered yes to any of those questions, we got the video for you. This is a little compilation of Ed Davis’ post moves (good and bad) courtesy of Synergy, this new girl I’m dealing with for like two days and has totally won me over. I’m going to ask her to marry me this weekend. Since I have no money for a ring I’m going to wrap a twig in masking tape and go for it, if a girl really loves you she’s not going to care about no ring and will accept me for who I am. If she says yes, great. If she says no, then she’ll join the others in the basement.

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The strongest aspect of his post-game isn’t even a physical one, it’s that he decides to make his move early. There is very little dribbling, at most it’s two dribbles to the inside before he turns for a hook-shot which may or may not use the glass, he’s comfortable shooting either. His decision to shoot a jumper in the post is a quick one as well. You might recall Bosh’s post-up game which required about 10 seconds to “develop”, by contrast Davis knows exactly what he’s going to do as soon as he catches it and does not waste any time. He presents himself well and extends his arms properly, his seal-offs are however poor and is liable to cost the team a turnover and/or shot-clock wastage. In college he used to seal a guy on his back far more easily, and naturally in the NBA he’s still learning how to do that. It’s an area where improved strength and a year’s experience will go a long ways in cultivating. The jump-hook is solid, good form, proper lift off the right foot and a high-release point. It’s a matter of shot-preparation and getting him to catch the ball in the right area so he can get more looks, put pressure on the defense and hopefully cause double-teams.

Davis does well to establish position by using screens set in the paint, and immediately calls for the ball. When he’s fronted, he doesn’t take himself out of the play and tries to use the strategy against the defense by putting himself in a position where a proper pass over the defense will give him a clear path to the rim. This can make him a good option for a point guard who’s on the same page as him. On his misses, he always contests for the offensive rebound even if the ball has bounced to the other side of the rim, this is a great bonus. On the downside, the dribble isn’t tight and invites the defense to attempt a steal the ball. It also takes him out of position sometimes and he has to reorganize himself to get the shot he wants off. The lack of refinement in his game is evident and you have to believe that given his work-ethic, it will improve over time.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to finish off season two of True Blood.

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