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Who is Ed Davis?

25 June 2010 11 Comments

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:

Via HoopsHype:

“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:

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11 Comments »

  • All Around the World News said:

    Raptors Digest » Blog Archive » Who is Ed Davis?…

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  • Toronto Raptors Morning Coffee June 25 | Raptors Republic - ESPN TrueHoop's Raptors Blog said:

    [...] Raptors Digest 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. [...]

  • R to the IZZA said:

    Davis is a good pick….But tell me why the hell a number one pick in Bargnia cannot play his center position. how long are we oing to manipulate our roster to make up for his lack of play close to the rim.
    Big seven footer cant rebound or block out.

    Time to get rid of Turk, marco and Calderon now

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  • Kulture Dump said:

    Chris Bosh Gets Rid Of His Signature Dreads, Gets New Hair Cut…

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  • Raju aka RaptorCity (author) said:

    R to the Izza,

    I know, tell me about it…Davis is the start of a busy off-season for the Raptors

    I would prefer an Amir-Davis frontcourt and a Davis-Bosh one would be especially appealing…but we will see how it all plays out over the next two weeks

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  • Kunal said:

    Before yesterdays draft, if you told me that Raptors would walk out of this draft with 1) Ed Davis & 2) Solomon Alabi, I would have said your nuts. Also, I would have thought that they had to trade up to get both players.

    The fact that Ed Davis fell to them at #13 (considering Detroit had him on their draft board after Monroe) is incredible.

    Then Alabi falls to #50 because of the scare from his medical reports. Again, incredible! Solomon Alabi seems like a smart guy, looks like he loves the sport and from everything I’ve heard, his work ethic is quite good. He is also a 2nd round pick so its not guaranteed money, right?

    Great draft. Sure we didn’t get they sexy picks, but we got grade pieces.

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  • The AltRaps Toronto Raptors Linkage for June 25th | The AltRaps Blog said:

    [...] Raptors Digest » Who is Ed Davis? – 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. [...]

  • Toronto Raptors Morning Coffee June 25 | Slam Dunking said:

    [...] Raptors Digest 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. [...]

  • Raju aka RaptorCity (author) said:

    Kunal,

    You are right, thank-you for your thoughts, it is refreshing to see that some Raptor fans see the potential in those two

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  • What Kind of Upside Does Ed Davis Have This Season? said:

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