Ed Davis draft profile


Ed Davis (North Carolina)
6'10, 230 lbs., PF

A gifted athlete with a long wing span, Davis came to North Carolina as a heralded freshman and learned as playing the backup behind Tyler Hansbrough and Deon Thompson during the championship year.  Even though injured for most of this year, Davis showed flashes of brilliance in spurts.

Davis remains raw offensively, a work-in-progress.  He scores most of his points in transition, on lobs, and off of offensive rebounds.  Though not a spectacular passer, he plays unselfishly and feeds teammates.  When strong enough, he uses a jump hook, or a short jumper off the glass. 

However, Davis lacks a jumper that can keep defenses honest.  Add that to the fact that he typically lacks the strength to post up most of his defenders and his limitations become obvious.  He possesses the physical attributes in terms of wingspan and athleticism, but needs to add strength or a jumper to become an offensive threat in the NBA.

Davis should shine defensively.  He plays with excellent lateral quickness which should allow him to defend the pick and roll well, hedging picks and still getting back to his man.   He also plays great help defense, blocking shots.  He plays with excellent defensive fundamentals and cleans up the glass well on both ends of the court.  He lacks the strength to play great defense in the post, but there are few post up PFs in the NBA these days.

How does his game translate to the NBA?

Currently, it would have been beneficial for Ed to return back to UNC and hone his skills a little more.  While showing promise, potential, and being regarded as a good team player, he is very raw offensively and underdeveloped physically.  With that being said, Davis is projected to go anywhere from mid-lottery to mid first round.  Whomever drafts him will need to be patient until he adds more weight.

One thing that gives me glimpses of hope is that he works hard and is highly regarded as a teammate.  I think with added weight, the sky is the limit due to his athletic ability and determination.  Also, it is shown that he got up to nearly 230 during the draft measurements; a good sign that he can add weight.  Overall, I expect Davis to be a good defensive player with potential to be a solid offensive player down the road.  I do not expect him to be an all-star, but a solid player for years to come.


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  • Another big that I would be hard pressed to pass up at 17 if he somehow fell that far. He's almost certainly too talented for someone not to jump on him before us.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    I agree that we can't pass him up if he's there, but I half hope he doesn't fall. Though he's ready to contribute more than most of this draft's project big men.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    He'll be a capable big off the bench right away. I think if he joins a team with an established 4 in front of him, he'll have the time to develop into an above average starter in just a few years. In terms of projecting his year to year improvement, he could be like Noah with a head start and a lower ceiling.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    I don't think he will be as ready as Noah coming out, but he could actually be better offensively. I don't see it happening though.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    With a proper supporting cast, he could probably play a role similar to what JJ Hickson did for the Cavs this past year, though Hickson has considerably superior physical strength. Interesting that you brought up his work ethic Kevin, did not know that about him but it certainly makes selecting him seem much more appealing. If a guard is added in FA, he would be a nice get to platoon with Gibson for a bit and eventually take over a starting spot. Certainly too good to pass up at 17 as WearShades said. Do think you guys underrate his ceiling though: in terms of height, length, and athleticism he's the prototype at the 4 and with added bulk and a bit more polish offensively he could be a stud. Apparently he has the work ethic to improve, so I'd say he's got quite the nice ceiling. Nice writeup overall though, these have all been good reads - thanks for putting them together.

  • In reply to derza222:

    It won't matter; he won't be at pick 17. I think he could be really good, but he is very raw right now and will have a lot to work on.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I disagree. He's unlikely to slip to 17 but I could definitely see him falling. Just seems like the type of guy who could slide, doesn't seem like he's got much upward momentum right now.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Yeah I would like him too at 17, but you are right, he won't be there.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Honestly, He is one of the guys who could drop. I dont care anymore since I doubt we keep the pick.

    He seems alot like Taj with more upside and younger. Not a bad choice non the less. However, I wonder how much he could do early on.

    I woner if his athleticism is anywhere near Tyrus's. Does anyone know about his attitude. After tyrus, they better have the right head on their shoulders.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    If we package the pick, I feel good about free agency for sure. He is not close to be as athletic as Tyrus (about 2 or 3 players in the NBA are). However, he is very athletic and it is hard to imagine his attitude anywhere near Thomas'. In fact, he seemed a little too unselfish.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Nice player, but still raw and still young...has the potential but will need some time. Plus i doubt he is there for us.

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