Ed Davis Impresses In First Career Start
Ed Davis double doubled in his first career start with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Not exactly eye-popping numbers but effective nonetheless.
Davis led all starters in rebounds and finished 2nd on the team in total rebounds behind Joey Dorsey. Davis did a lot of his damage on the offensive glass where he hauled in a team high five boards.
Davis also added 1 blocked shot and 1 steal and was efficient from the field going 5 for 9 for a .555% shooting percentage.
Ed Davis’ first career start ranks him 3rd all-time among Raptors big man behind Marcus Camby who went bonkers for 14 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks and Charlie Villanueva who put up 18 points and 9 rebounds in his first career start.
The names he did have better starts than in Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh are impressive company.
Now Ed Davis does not have the offensive upside of either Bosh or Bargnani and we should not fool ourselves into thinking he ever will. What Ed Davis does have is superior defensive abilities and instincts.
Ed Davis is a walking double double as a starter and one has to wonder if Jay Triano will look at bringing Amir back off the bench sometime in the future.
There are some in Raptor land who are already wondering why Ed Davis doesn’t get the DeRozan treatment and be forced starts in a lost season when DeRozan was given forced starts in a season where we were legit playoff contenders.
Ed Davis’ role will only continue to expand going forward and when he is ready to start, he will be given a starting job.
There is no need to rush, nor a controversy at this position.
Ed Davis will get his time to shine.
Maybe sooner than we think.
Raju Byfield is a Senior Sports Writer for Raptors Digest.
Raju Byfield also writes for Win My Fantasy League as a Senior Sports Writer/Fantasy Sports Analyst.