Ed Davis
Ed Davis
31-Year-Old CenterC
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the third time in his nine-year career, Davis appeared in exactly 81 games last season. He has proven himself to be one of the most durable backup big men, and he hauled in a career-best 8.6 rebounds in only 17.9 minutes per tilt during 2018-19. Furthermore, Davis thrived in his modest role offensively, shooting a career-high 61.6 percent from the field. He's likely to continue grabbing plenty of boards relative to his playing time while feasting on easy opportunities around the rim offensively. Still, Davis shouldn't be expected to log lots of minutes next to Rudy Gobert, like former Jazz big man Derrick Favors did over the last several years. As a result, barring an injury to Gobert, it's somewhat unlikely that Davis will be able to improve upon last year's production. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.77 million contract with the Jazz in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Edward Adam Davis, the son of Angela Jones and Terry Davis, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1989. Terry played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Heat, Nuggets, Mavericks and Wizards. Ed had a prolific high school basketball career, starting off with two years at Mechanicsville Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Davis then transferred to Benedictine High School in Richmond, Virginia, where he averaged 18.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game as a junior. As a senior, he was even better in averaging 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks per game en route to 2008 Virginia Mr. Basketball honors. Davis spent the next two seasons playing collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina, where he starred for coach Roy Williams. You can follow him on Twitter (@EddavisXVII) and Instagram (@Eddavisxxvii).

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Davis became the third-fastest Tar Heel at the time to block 100 shots in school history. The Richmond, Virginia native averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds in 23 games in his sophomore season (2009-10) with the Tar Heels before breaking his wrist. Before the injury, Davis was first in blocked shots and second in rebounding in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He did lead the ACC in field-goal percentage (.578) and blocked shots (64). As a freshman, he helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship in 2009. Davis announced that he would enter the 2010 NBA Draft after his sophomore season at the University of North Carolina. Davis was subsequently selected by the Toronto Raptors as the 13th overall pick.

Will miss first round
CUtah Jazz
Knee
August 16, 2020
Davis (knee) will miss the Jazz's first-round playoff series against Denver after he was diagnosed Sunday with an MCL injury, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Davis exited the Jazz's final game of the regular season Thursday against the Spurs with the injury. The Jazz plan to re-evaluate Davis in a few weeks, so there's a high likelihood that he'll miss additional time if the team advances to the Western Conference semifinals. His absence for the first-round series locks Tony Bradley in as the top backup to starting center Rudy Gobert.
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2018

Davis continued to be one of the league's most effective rebounders during the 2018-2019 season. Despite playing only 17.9 minutes per game across 81 games with Brooklyn, the 29-year-old was able to grab a career-best 8.6 rebounds per contest. That figure was good for 21st in the league, and Davis was the only player inside the NBA's top-50 rebounders to play fewer than 20 minutes per game. For his career, he's now averaging 6.8 rebounds per game in 20.2 minutes of floor time per night. Davis seems to know his role, as he attempted just 3.7 shots per game for the season, and for his career he's only averaged 4.7 shots per game. Not surprisingly, Davis did almost all of his offensive work from inside the arc, as just two of his 302 shots all season came from 3-point range. He was an efficient post scorer when he did shoot the ball, registering a 61.6 shooting percentage. That nearly matched the 61.7 percent he registered at the free-throw line. Davis was slightly less impactful on the defensive end, as he recorded fewer than one block per 36 minutes for the first time in his career. The North Carolina product enters the off-season as an unrestricted free agent.

2017

For the 2017-2018 season Davis played in 78 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 5.3 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. On Jan. 26 Davis came off the bench and contributed 15 points to a 107-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds as part of a 125-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on March 9. Seven of those 15 rebounds were offensive rebounds. During the playoffs, Davis played in four games in the opening round against the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored six points in Game 1 of the series. In the same game he pulled down a playoff-career-high 13 rebounds. Davis pulled down 183 offensive rebounds, which was the 15th highest total in the NBA.

2016

Entering his second season with the Trail Blazers, expectations were high for both Davis and the team. He lived up to the hype, making his first 12 starts in a Portland uniform after coming off the bench for the entirety of the previous season. In his third start of the year, Davis came up big, scoring 14 points and adding 10 rebounds. He'd do it again Dec. 8 against his former team in Memphis, scoring 10 points and grabbing an identical number of rebounds. On March 1, the Blazers announced that Davis would be forced to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder. Davis had initially suffered the injury in 2015-16. Portland missed Davis and finished in eighth place in the Western Conference, getting swept by Golden State in the first round of the postseason.

2015

The 2015-16 season marked Davis's first year in Portland, where he spent three seasons surrounded by stars such as Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum. He quickly made an impression on the fans in Portland, recording a double-double in his first career game with the Trail Blazers. That night, his 12 points and 11 rebounds were key to an 18-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis was at his best again in a Nov. 20 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 17 points and nailing down 15 rebounds in an 11-point win. He would compile seven more double-doubles that year, and his nine on the season were his most since the 2012-13 season. Davis became a valuable rotation player for the Trail Blazers, coming off the bench in all 81 games he played in 2015-16. He played an important role in the team's run to the second round of the playoffs, averaging 5.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a game for coach Terry Stotts.

2014

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Davis left Memphis to sign a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis quickly endeared himself to his new team, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds on Opening Night, an Oct. 28 matchup against the Houston Rockets. Davis brought home his first double-double as a Laker on Christmas Day against Chicago with a 13-point, 14-rebound performance. He double-doubled again a day later against Dallas, scoring 10 points and accounting for 11 rebounds in a close loss. For the season, Davis registered six double-doubles. On Feb. 20 against Brooklyn, Davis scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals. When it was all said and done, Davis recorded 8.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game that season. Both his points and rebounds per game were career highs. His Player Efficiency Rating also checked in at a career-best 20.0.

2013

Davis spent his first full year in Memphis playing behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, as the Grizzlies won 50 games and finished third in the Southwest Division. Davis averaged 5.1 points per game with Memphis following last year's trade to the Grizzlies, but improved that mark to 5.7 points per contest in 2013-14. The 6-foot-9 forward made the first of his four starts that season in a Nov. 30 matchup against Brooklyn, in which he scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. In the next game against Phoenix on Dec. 3, he again started and scored 21 points while coming down with 12 boards. The Grizz won that game by 19. Davis played well versus the Suns, with three of his four double-doubles in 2013-14 coming against Phoenix. On Jan. 10, he delivered 10 points and a career-best 17 rebounds, helping the Grizzlies to a five-point win against over the Suns. Memphis lost to Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs that year, and Davis appeared in each of series' seven games, albeit briefly. He averaged 3.6 minutes per postseason contest, recording a total of six points.

2012

Davis started the 2012-13 season with the Raptors, with whom he played the first 45 games of the season, averaging 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. On Dec. 12 against Brooklyn, his 24 points and 12 rebounds kept the game close as the Raptors fell to the Nets by six. On Jan. 2, Davis scored 19 points and grabbed seven boards, helping Toronto take down the Portland Trailblazers. In late January, Davis was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a 3-team deal that sent that also sent Rudy Gay to Toronto. On Mar. 6, Davis made his first start for Memphis and posted three points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in win over the Trail Blazers. Two days later against Cleveland, he scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, helping the Grizz win by 11. That season, Davis made his first ever NBA Playoff appearance. He played in eight postseason games for a Memphis team that made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals.

2011

Davis assumed a larger role in Toronto's game plan at the onset of his second NBA season, which was shortened to 66 games because of a lockout. He made his season debut on opening night, Dec. 26, and scored 14 points while grabbing seven rebounds in a win over Cleveland. Davis registered his first double-double of the season on Jan. 31 against Atlanta, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 boards. Davis' play trended upwards towards the home stretch of the season. From Apr. 9 to Apr. 13, he had three straight games with double digit rebound totals, culminating in a 12 board night in a win over Boston. He ended the year with a bang, scoring 24 points and pulling in 12 rebounds as the Raptors defeated New Jersey. Davis appeared in all 66 games for Toronto and for the season averaged 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 block over 23.2 minutes per contest.

2010

Ed Davis was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 13th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on Dec. 1 against Washington, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds as the Raptors win. Davis played in all of Toronto's remaining 64 games that season, starting 17 times. The low post presence compiled his first career double-double against Chicago on Dec. 15, scoring 10 points and grabbing another 10 boards. He was even more impressive two weeks later against Dallas, scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Davis scored a season-high 22 points against the New York Knicks on Apr. 5, grabbing 13 rebounds in the process. All told, the rookie averaged 7.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.0 block and 0.6 steals in 24.6 minutes per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 24, 2010
    Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft. Shortly there after, signed a multi-year, rookie agreement with the Raptors.
  • January 30, 2013
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Toronto Raptors with Jose Calderon and a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Jamaal Franklin was later selected) to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Detroit Pistons traded Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince to the Grizzlies; the Grizzlies traded Jose Calderon to the Pistons; and the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors.
  • July 23, 2014
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The second year is a player option.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 23, 2018
    Signed as a free agent a one-year agreement with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • July 20, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a two-year agreement with the Utah Jazz.
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After struggling with health a year prior, Davis missed just four games in 2017-18, but continued to play a minor role off the bench. The 29-year-old impressively averaged 7.4 rebounds across just 18.9 minutes per game, while also chipping in with 5.3 points and a 58.2 percent clip from the field. However, he was a poor free-throw shooter at just 66.7 percent from the charity stripe and he also had no semblance of a three-point game, which certainly didn't help him become Fantasy relevant in most formats. Davis does have the chance to improve his numbers across the board after joining the Nets this offseason. Brooklyn let the likes of Quincy Acy, Dante Cunningham and Jahlil Okafor all walk during free agency. Davis and Kenneth Faried were really the only two guys brought in as replacements, with Davis currently being the more likely contributor. While Davis is set to come off the bench, he should be the first big man behind Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jarrett Allen at power forward and center, respectively. DeMarre Carroll also gets extended run at the four when the Nets are going small, so Davis will likely still spend most of his time as the backup center. Depending on just how big of a jump his workload takes, Davis could become a great source of boards, as well as a solid option for blocks and field goal percentage.
Davis' second year of a three-year, $20 million contract was a letdown, a big reason being because his season was cut short to just 46 games after undergoing left shoulder surgery in March. That said, Davis wasn't a huge contributor prior to the injury either, as he'd averaged just 4.3 points and 5.3 rebounds across 17.2 minutes as a reserve center. It was a slight down tick in playing time from the 20.8 minutes he saw a season prior, which translated to decreased production across the board. Looking forward, things aren't going to get any easier for Davis. The Trail Blazers brought in both Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, which adds even more bodies to the frontcourt and further complicates Davis' ability to get minutes. Davis was already behind Jusuf Nurkic at center and slew of options at power forward, and there's a chance the Trail Blazers turn to the younger Collins to operate as Nurkic's backup if they like what they see from him in training camp. That should mean another small role off the bench for Davis and it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately lost a few minutes in the rotation heading into the final year of his contract.
After accepting the veteran's minimum to join the Lakers last summer, Davis took full advantage of an unexpected injury, Julius Randle's season-ending fractured tibia on Opening Night, and logged 20-to-30 minutes in 53 of his 79 games. Along the way, Davis picked up his most run (23 minutes per contest) since he was dealt from Toronto to Memphis in the midst of the 2012-13 season. A 23-game stretch in the starting lineup from Dec. 7 through Jan. 21 deviated little from his season-long marks, which equated to averages of 8.3 points (on a team-best 60 percent shooting), 7.6 rebounds, a team-high 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 assists. Cashing in on the most fruitful campaign of his five-year career, he inked a three-year, $20 million contract in Portland, where another bench role awaits behind holdover Meyers Leonard and fellow offseason addition Mason Plumlee. Ringing in at 6-foot-10, 225 pounds, Davis can man both power forward and center, but that versatility may not be enough to fend off 20-year-old Noah Vonleh at the four, thereby containing his value to deeper leagues.
Ed Davis was planted on the bench in Memphis last season, stuck behind Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kosta Koufos, and at times, Jon Leuer in the rotation. He averaged 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 15 minutes per game through 63 games, all career lows. Davis shot 53 percent from the field on 4.6 attempts and 53 percent from the line on 1.4 attempts. He signed as a free agent in Los Angeles for the veteran's minimum and will be looking to reignite his career. The frontcourt isn't as stacked as it was in Memphis and new coach Byron Scott has already stated he expects Davis to get a good amount of minutes at the center position, likely backing up Jordan Hill. When Davis was last getting near-starters minutes in Toronto in 2012-13 before his trade to Memphis, he averaged 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 24 minutes per game. His fantasy strengths lie in his ability to get rebounds, blocks, and shoot a very solid field goal percentage, and if the minutes return to his Raptors' days, he could be a sneaky, deeper league option.
Davis appeared to be having a semi-breakout season with the Raptors in 2012-13 before he was shipped to Memphis in the Rudy Gay trade. With the Grizzlies, Davis averaged nine minutes less per game and never fit in with head coach Lionel Hollins, who wasn't happy with the trade. It may have been the coach's grudge or Davis' inability to pick up a new system that resulted in him not having an impact in Memphis. Aside of ridding themselves of Gay's salary, the Grizzlies view Davis as a key asset in the deal. He's still on the thin side, so it remains to be seen if he can become a power forward who doesn't get pushed around in the low post. His minutes will be capped with Zach Randolph in front of him, but the Grizz are hoping to see a player that can eventually replace Z-Bo.
Davis’ second season in the NBA was not much different than his rookie season. He averaged 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 23.2 minutes per game, all but his blocks were slightly down from his 2010-11 numbers. Coach Dwane Casey doesn’t like playing Davis at center, believing he’s strictly a power forward. It’s also believed that rookie Jonas Valanciunas will win the starting center job, or at least demand significant minutes there. Davis will be fighting an uphill battle to improve on his numbers this season. Unless Casey is willing to slot Andrea Bargnani into the small forward spot, Davis will likely played limited minutes and only be of use in deeper leagues when the Raptors’ roster is healthy. If he ever gets over 30 minutes of run per game, Davis should be a double-threat and have some value in the blocks category. While we like his long-term potential, we’re also worried that Casey isn’t ready to give him starters minutes.
Davis had his NBA debut delayed after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee prior to training camp last season. The Raptors wisely decided to bring the rookie along slowly, but by the end of the season he was a regular in the starting lineup. After showing steady progression, Davis started to shine during the last few weeks of the season, averaging 13.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his final 11 games. Coming out of the University of North Carolina, Davis was already considered a solid rebounder and defender, but his offensive game was considered raw. While he’s still in need of fine-tuning, Davis has the potential to develop into a solid low-post offensive option down the line. The Raptors also have Amir Johnson at power forward, but given Davis’ strong finish and first-round pedigree, we expect him to eventually earn the brunt of minutes at the four.
Davis tore a meniscus in his right knee in a pickup game and was forced to undergo minor arthroscopic knee surgery that will keep him out until sometime in November. He’s a great rebounder and shot blocker who could carve out a small defensive role with the team later in the season, but he’ll have to get healthy before the team can count on him for anything.
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Exits contest Thursday
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August 13, 2020
Davis (knee) left Thursday's game against the Spurs and won't return, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Starting Friday
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August 7, 2020
Davis is starting Friday against the Spurs, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Left out of rotation
CUtah Jazz
February 22, 2020
Davis (ankle) was available off the bench for Friday's 113-104 loss to the Spurs but didn't see the floor in a coach's decision.
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Won't play Wednesday
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February 12, 2020
Davis (ankle) won't play in Wednesday's contest against Miami.
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Downgraded to doubtful
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February 12, 2020
Davis (ankle) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Heat.
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