Ed Davis Looks Like a Pleasant Surprise!
Old 07-15-2010, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I.m surprised no one is really talking about Ed Davis. He has been really impressive thus far in the summer league. He's been very quick with the help side defence and looks like he's capable of blocking alot of shots. On offence, he's got a much more explosive, quick first move to the basket than has been portrayed. He's a pretty tough dude with a bit of a hungry, mean streak! He sure doesn't seem to match his rather laid back personality once he hits that court. He's has a very confident aura about his ability and you can see that he's not gonna take a back seat to anyone. He's gonna bring it to you and you better be ready. This guy was a steal where we got him and he's going to surprise alot of people this year. Thoughts, about what people have seen from him, thus far?
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like what i've seen from him for the most part. Especially considering he hadn't played in 6 months. That being said, he needs to get stronger and add abit of weight, which will come. Can't wait for this season to start so we can see how this young group plays together.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I only saw the first 2 games. he looked comfortable out there, and was solid on the pick and rolls. the second game he kind of disappeared, but he also only took 3 shots.. I can see him having a similar role to Amir johnson from last season. Cleaning up boards and getting most of his points from put backs/pick and rolls. his face up game is nice too
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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From the little one can glean in Summer League he looks like a solid young big, with good fundamentals and a knack for playing in the paint on both ends. He is composed at the offensive end and active and aggressive on defense. He also looks to have good athleticism for his size. It is hard to predict, but he doesn't look like he will be as dynamic offensively as Bosh, but he looks like he has the potential to be very effective on defense, and able to play effectively in either an up-tempo offence or working in the half court with another skilled big. I think the Raptors have reason to be pleased at this stage, and they seem to be...
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it's summer league. the summre league HoF is littered with guys who couldn't make it in the nba.
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Davis was the #1 prospect at the beginning of the season, he's not coming out if nowhere. He might be what brook Lopez was for the nets, remember how he was projected top 3, but inexplicably fell to #10. Noah dropped a lot of spots too.

I'm very excited to see davis and Alabi after a full summer of improvement.
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it's summer league. the summre league HoF is littered with guys who couldn't make it in the nba.
Hard to argue with that, but my comments were based on watching him play in the games, not reading the box score. I think you can get a sense of his attitude and approach to the game, and something about his bball IQ in that setting. Still, it is a long way from being able to confidently predict his ultimate achievements at the NBA level.
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Davis was the #1 prospect at the beginning of the season, he's not coming out if nowhere. He might be what brook Lopez was for the nets, remember how he was projected top 3, but inexplicably fell to #10. Noah dropped a lot of spots too.

I'm very excited to see davis and Alabi after a full summer of improvement.
The biggest glaring difference i noticed between Davis and Alabi is the far greater level of assertiveness Davis exudes. Alabi has looked much more like a deer stuck in the headlights. You can tell Alabi is going to be a major project and is gonna take significantly more time to develop. Davis looks like he will have significant impact immediatly, especially since defence and rebounding seem to translate well from college to the NBA.
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Davis was the #1 prospect at the beginning of the season, he's not coming out if nowhere. He might be what brook Lopez was for the nets, remember how he was projected top 3, but inexplicably fell to #10. Noah dropped a lot of spots too.

I'm very excited to see davis and Alabi after a full summer of improvement.
Alabi will barely play this season. I really hope he goes to the D League.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Alabi will barely play this season. I really hope he goes to the D League.
He will. There is absolutely zero chance Alabi is on the opening day roster.

Bargs, Amir, Davis, Evans, Dorsey/Jones would all see the floor before Alabi. He needs to perfect his craft in Erie for a season or two.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I love what I saw from Ed Davis in the first game of SL, really nice touch with his left hand, runs the floor with ease, and he has pretty sick hops. He can block shots too, seems to me like his upside could be an Amare Stoudamire except that Davis plays D. Time will tell though, he's really young and is coming off injury, but I think we got ourselves a steal and a potential star.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:56 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ed Davis has shown so far that he's not worried about playing the dirty parts of the game .. willing to stick his nose in there ... block shots, tough d, gritty.
Also seems to have nice hands and finishes pretty well around the basketball. His BB IQ looks good also .. making some nice passes to the other bigs around him.

He will need to bulk up, but should be able to provide similar minutes to what Amir did last year. I believe his upside is significantly higher than Amir. Much better shot blocking and his length will make him a better defensive rebounder.

Amir is an excellent offensive rebounder, but is very limited on the defensive end. Bargs and Amir will make for very a frustrating year to watch on the defensive end looking for boards. Amir has the hustle .. but not the size. Hopefully, Bargs comes to camp with a new attitude about playing with aggression. We will need him to grab more boards or it will be silly to watch.

Dorsey or Ed Davis will help on the defensive end to grab some boards. It's the Bargs - Amir combo that concerns me.
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Davis needs to bulk up, thats for sure
dude had some rebounds taken away from him
and more arc on that jumpshot
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Davis needs to bulk up, thats for sure
dude had some rebounds taken away from him
and more arc on that jumpshot
Yea he really needs to add some muscle. But w/e still long ways ahead. I surely hope he's hitting the gym
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I know he hasn't played in awhile due to his injury, but for a highly touted player who has 2 years playing in one of the best college programs in the US, Ed Davis is really raw. Everything from driving and shots taken are with his left, and needs to improve his face-up game.
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He's a lot thicker than Bosh was coming in. Hopefully he decides to hit the weights a lot sooner than his sixth year.
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Hes got a lot to work on but I think he'll get there with time, I'll wait till after hes got at least half a season under his belt to make a big judgement, but as for Alabi, I honestly think hes garbage... A big lanky 7 footer that I think will go nowhere in the NBA
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I think both of our rookies are going to become double double guys in this league in the next 2-3 years thats just MO.
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Hes got a lot to work on but I think he'll get there with time, I'll wait till after hes got at least half a season under his belt to make a big judgement, but as for Alabi, I honestly think hes garbage... A big lanky 7 footer that I think will go nowhere in the NBA
And Alabi looks pretty solid he just needs more games played, He is a pretty good help & on the ball defender & runs the floor well at 7'1"
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Alabi is a BIG man that can take 15 footers but can finish around the basket
very weird
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