Season Preview- Ricky Davis
We continue our in-depth season previews with all you need to know about Ricky Davis.
Scroll down for: Davis' Bio; Davis' Numbers; Coach J.B. Bickerstaff's analysis; Timberwolves.com analysis and Davis' Five Facts.
Ricky Davis joined the Wolves in January 2006 as the key piece in a trade with the Boston Celtics, for Wally Szczerbiak and other players. Last year, Davis averaged 17.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg and a team-best 4.8 apg (eight in the NBA among non-point guards). He went for a season-high 42 points Apr. 15 at Golden State, and connected on 116 of his final 266 3-pt. attempts (43.6%).
Heading into his 10th season, Davis was the 21st overall pick by Cleveland in the 1998 NBA Draft after he spent one year at Iowa. Among the most durable players in the NBA, Davis logs heavy minutes, but never seems to tire.
Davis was a three-sport star in H.S., also playing baseball and football at North Davenport H.S. (Iowa). His full name is Tyree Ricardo Davis, and he has participated in the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Bank/Timberwolves Summer Caravan across the state of Minnesota. He is also among the NBA's most active players in the community.
COACH J.B. BICKERSTAFF SAYS...
"Ricky's your fire. He's the guy you look towards to carry you emotionally. His nickname is "Get Buckets," and that's exactly what he does. You need him to be aggressive offensively, because he can really score. When he scores the basketball, he gets things going, and his energy level picks everybody else up. His teammates see him running up and down the floor, and they follow him. He has that kind of personality where his teammates will follow him."
Offensively, Davis' strength is coming off screens for quick catch-and-shoots. The Wolves have a lot of sets that get him the ball, whether it's in transition or in the half court, and his quick release makes him really effective as a result. Defensively, he has elite ability when he's able to channel all of his energy the right way throughout a game.
DAVIS' FIVE FACTS
1) Davis donated $10,000 to help H.S. basketball players Tensley Brandon, who was in a coma due to a car accident, in April 1999. He was recognized by the Mecklenberg County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners.
2) Davis organized a contest to distribute 15 season tickets to his most passionate fans as a Celtic. The section was called the Get Buckets Bridgade.
3) Has his own website: rickydavis31.com.
4) While attending high school in Iowa (North Davenport HS), Davis dunked in a game for the first time, earning a mention the next morning over the school's P.A. system. Legend says it was the first dunk in school history.
5) Davis has twice participated in the NBA Slam Dunk Competition (2000 and 2004).
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