Who is Ed Davis?
Who is Ed Davis?
This is a question many fans have been wondering following the 2010 NBA Draft as he was not heavily linked to the Raptors in the media, and was actually only linked to the Raptors in one or two mock drafts.
Ed Davis sliding to the Toronto Raptors is a monumental coup for Raptors fans and we have every right to be jumping for joy.
To begin the season Ed Davis was the #2 ranked NBA prospect in the country and was expected to have a terrific year with Tyler Hansbrough gone for the NBA. However it quickly became apparent that the loss of Ty Lawson and the lack of an adequate replacement would affect his stock. Add to that the fact that he injured his wrist and missed the rest of his sophomore campaign and you can understand why this highly touted prospect slipped to the Raptors. The two other correlative factors in Davis’ draft slide were Ekpe Udoh going to the Warriors which caused Greg Monroe to slip to the Pistons and the Pacers selecting Paul George instead of a big.
We are thrilled here at Raptors Digest that the Raptors were able to land Ed Davis and think that his drop to the Raptors is storybook-esque with Chris Bosh likely on his way out of Toronto.
Bryan Colangelo was “quite surprised” that Ed Davis was still available and knew from before the draft that if a name like Davis dropped that he would indeed be the Raptors choice at #13, and said that Ed Davis “…looks to be the right piece”.
Here is his entire presser:
Jay Triano said in his address to the media that Ed Davis is a “perfect fit” and lauded his defensive presence and rebounding and said “he fits the void for what we are trying to overcome here”.
Ed Davis has a solid and explosive post game and will also be an immediate factor on the defensive end and will form a nice trio with Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani. Davis jas been compared favourably to Al Horford and if he can make the same type of jump after putting on some muscle we will be thanking our lucky stars that we were able to land Ed Davis so late.
He will be able to play the C position but will excel if he gets to play the 4, the beauty is that he complements both Andrea and Amir well; he will be a nice defensive complement to Bargnani and will form an super-athletic defensive front court with Amir Johnson. Some readers are concerned as to what this means for our chances of signing Amir Johnson but this actually helps as he now knows he has some blue-chip prospect help in Ed Davis.
Here are Chad Ford’s thoughts on the Raptors pick:
“Raptors president Bryan Colangelo really lucked out here. With Chris Bosh quite possibly on the way out, Davis is a good get here. He’s no Bosh on the offensive end, but he’s a good rebounder and an active shot blocker. I’m not sure he’s ready to be a starter, but as he develops he could be a nice complement to Andrea Bargnani in the frontcourt.”
Ed Davis may not be ready to be a starter but should start for the Raptors even though he may not. We are likely to see a starting front court of Amir and Andrea with Ed Davis earning a bigger role and perhaps one of their starting jobs before mid-season. Ideally we would bring Ed Davis along like DeMar and start him right away but that doesn’t seem like a possibility unless we move Andrea to the 3 or the bench.
A starting lineup of Johnson-Davis-Weems-DeRozan and Jack will be a very exciting lineup that will elicit plenty of ‘oohs and ahhs’ from the Raptor faithful.
Lets hear what others around the net had to say about the Raptors selection of Ed Davis:
“The Raptors get a steal of the draft candidate. Davis has a nice frame, excellent length and athleticism. Good hands, a high basketball IQ and tremendous touch around the basket.”
Now for some post-draft video/comments from the newest Toronto Raptor Ed Davis: