Ed Davis played starters minutes for the Toronto Raptors through the first half of the season. He produced both scoring and rebounding. Then, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Rudy Gay and Hamed Hadaddi. His minutes saw a drastic decrease, but his production stayed the same. Lionel Hollins refused to play Davis in what seemed to be his way of standing up to the new front office. Hollins' move frustrated Grizzlies' fans all season as Darrell Arthur failed to return to the level he played at in 2011. With Joerger taking the reigns, maybe Davis will be able to perform at the clip he did in Toronto.
Davis, 6'10" 232 pounds, averaged 10 points and seven boards in 45 games with the Raptors. In those games, he played just over 24 minutes per game. Conversely, in Memphis, Davis played just 15 minutes a game averaging five points and four boards. However, his per-36 averages stayed around the same. He experienced and uptick in blocks and rebounds per-36 minutes while in Memphis, but he saw a two-point scoring decrease per-36 minutes in Memphis. The decrease in scoring is most likely a result of having more talented offensive players around him to take the shots, but the uptick is simply from Davis playing well. Hollins never gave a good answer for not playing Davis other than he had concerns about Davis' height, yet Davis was among the league leaders in block percentage. Memphis paid Davis just north of $2 million this season. Next year, they will play him just above $3 million before his contract runs out at the end of the year.
Most of the blame for Ed Davis' poor numbers falls on the coach. Davis produced when he got the opportunity there just weren't many opportunities.
Season Grade: A-Tags: Basketball, Ed Davis, Memphis, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Rudy Gay, trade