Ed Davis Makes Quick Connection with Nets Teammates

Ed Davis didn’t waste any time getting acquainted with his new teammates. The veteran big man joined the Brooklyn Nets players at NBA Summer League, arriving within days of reaching agreement on a reported one-year deal with the team.

“I’m glad that I made the decision to come here because I’ve been around the team for probably a week or so, and a lot of teams or organizations they preach the family thing and togetherness and this is the first one where they really are a family and are together,” said Davis, “so I’m really looking forward to the season.”

He reached out to some other players to get their opinion before agreeing to the contract with the Nets. Allen Crabbe is a former teammate in Portland. Former Net Tyler Zeller was a teammate in college at North Carolina.

“I talked to a few players that have been through here, Tyler Zeller, talked to him, and I played with Allen Crabbe, so I did have some type of understanding, but that’s just word of mouth,” said Davis. “It’s a little different when you see it up close.”

Davis brings two elements to Brooklyn that the Nets are relatively thin on. At 6-10 and 240 pounds, Davis is the second-tallest player on the roster behind 6-foot-11 Jarrett Allen. He offers the Nets a bigger presence in the backup center role, where the Nets often used Quincy Acy (6-7) or Dante Cunningham (6-8) over the second half of last season.

The added size and Davis’ particular skill strengths should help some troublesome spots from last season in interior defense and rebounding.

Last season, his third in Portland after stints with the Raptors, Grizzlies and Lakers, Davis averaged 5.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in just 18.9 minutes per game. That came out to a career-high per 36 rebounding rate of 14.1. He was fifth in the league in offensive rebound percentage (13.9) and sixth in total rebound percentage (21.4) and his 575 rebounds off the bench led the NBA. Over his eight seasons in the NBA, Davis has averaged at least 10 rebounds per 36 minutes in every season but one, when he averaged 9.8 in 2013-14.

Davis also arrives with a career 56.4 field goal percentage on 8.5 shots per game, including 58.2 last season and 59.1 percent over the past four seasons. Among all Nets players last season, only Allen had a higher field goal percentage in 2017-18.

“I try to bring that energy every night,” said Davis. “Play hard. Do all the little things.”

The 29-year-old Davis, who broke into the league as the 13th overall pick with Toronto in 2010, also brings another veteran voice to Brooklyn’s young locker room.

“I’ve been through a lot of different things, from starting, to not playing, to coming off the bench, to getting traded,” said Davis. “I’ve been in a lot of unique different situations. I have a lot of experience that I can acknowledge that I can help these guys with some of the mistakes I made earlier in my career and hopefully that they don’t make the same ones.”

Davis has his own mentor with a unique perspective. His father, Terry Davis, played 10 seasons in the NBA between 1989 and 2001 with the Heat, Mavericks, Wizards and Nuggets.

“I don’t remember everything,” said Davis. “I remember bits and pieces of it. It was more when I got to middle school and high school and him giving me that knowledge of what outworking someone is and doing a little bit more, having that discipline. So that definitely helped me out a lot. Definitely his experience is a big reason why I’m here.”