Sixers player evaluation: Brandon Davies

Sixers player evaluation: Brandon Davies

Sixers' youth happy with growth in lost season

April 21, 2014, 10:30 am
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Brandon Davies averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 51 games for the Sixers. (USA Today Images)

SIXERS EVALUATIONS

 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will recap the Sixers' season by evaluating each member of the roster.

Yesterday, we took a look at Michael Carter-Williams. Next up is fellow rookie Brandon Davies:

Position: Power forward

Status: Davies has a non-guaranteed contract for $816K in 2014-15 and one for $947K for 2015-16. In other words, Davies has to make the team and stick around through January.

Signature game of 2013-14
Davies scored a career-high 11 points in three different games last season. Two of those games were victories for the Sixers. In 51 games during his rookie year, Davies logged more than 20 minutes in a game three times. However, the best of the bunch was the regular-season finale where Davies scored 11 points on 4 for 6 shooting, including a three-pointer

Davies in 2013-14
Undrafted out of BYU, Davies signed with the Los Angeles Clippers during the summer and was waived at the end of training camp. Needing a physical presence on defense, the Sixers snapped him up and he got into 51 games until he broke a finger midway through the year.

Davies averaged 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 11.3 minutes, which isn’t bad considering he was an undrafted free agent who was waived before the start of the season.

Prospectus
At 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, Davies was signed by the Sixers for his defense and energy. The consensus is Davies is pretty good at those things. A tough defender and solid passer for a big man, Davies found ways to contribute.

However, when the ball found Davies on offense, it rarely ended up in the basket. Though he shot 42.2 percent from the floor, his made shots were rarely far from the rim. Get Davies outside three-feet of the basket and all bets are off.

Davies shot 57.6 feet inside of three feet. Deeper than that, Davies was 20 for 69 (28.9 percent). On shots longer than 10 feet, Davies was 9 for 40 (22.5 percent).

Though there is a role for players like Davies on young, rebuilding teams, he will need to improve his shooting touch in order to stick with the Sixers next year.

On Brandon Davies …
“There is a physical, competitive side to him and he is an excellent passer. It is worth reaching out to and bringing him into the program and giving him minutes and seeing what we may be able to uncover.” — Brett Brown, Oct. 28, 2013

“He's got a real motor. He's got a tenacity that you are born with. I love the way he plays.” — Brett Brown, December 2013

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