Jan 7, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Ed Davis (32) celebrates after a play against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter at FedExForum. the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 110 - 108 Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Free Agent Profile: Ed Davis

AND WE’RE OFF! Free agency has begun and while the big fish such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony likely don’t figure to fit into Orlando’s plans, the Magic still expect to be active during the free agency period. Now i’d like to start off by saying not all of these profiles are guys that Orlando has reported interest in, instead they are just players that we here at Presto in the Paint feel to be solid fits with the current roster. First up:

Ed Davis:

  • Age: 25
  • Height: 6-10 Weight:225
  • College: North Carolina
  • NBA Experience: 4 years (Toronto, Memphis) 58 career starts
  • Career Averages of 6.9 PPG and 5.9 RPG

Strengths

  • Held opposing players to 43.3 percent shooting at the rim which ranked him seventh in the NBA (Min: 50 GP, 10 mpg)
  • Respectable finisher at the rim (67.3%)
  • Solid length for a power forward (7’0 wingspan)
  • Good rebounder — career 10.2 rebounds per 36

Weaknesses

  • Poor free throw shooter — 52.8 percent last season
  • Doesn’t get to the foul line enough — Career high is only 3.7 attempts per 36
  • Not a good jump shooter — 37.4 percent on jumpers last season

How he fits with the Magic

Davis, once considered the “centerpiece” in the first Rudy Gay trade never really panned out in Memphis. He was never really afforded much playing time because of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.  The Memphis depth chart actually seems to the reason Davis left Memphis. Davis views himself as a starting player, can the Magic offer Davis that opportunity?

I believe they can. If the Magic do believe that Nikola Vucevic is the Center of the future, then Orlando needs a lengthy defensive minded power forward to cover up for Vucevic’s lack of rim protection. While some feel Aaron Gordon was drafted to play power forward — as I initially thought — I think it’s increasingly likely that Gordon was drafted to play small forward. Orlando has rumored interest in a couple different power forwards and I don’t believe the team is enamored with Tobias Harris as the starter due to his defensive deficiencies. Davis could come in and start right away and improve Orlando’s interior defense immensely.

I’d imagine Davis is looking for a “short term prove it contract” so he can cash in sooner rather than later; so his contract will likely be in the ballpark of 2-3 years at 6-7 million per season. I’ve been campaigning for Davis since Orlando’s season ended and believe he’s the best fit and most reasonable option for Orlando at the power forward spot in free agency.

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