NBA Draft Profile: Brandon Davies

After a collegiate career that had a great deal of ups and downs, Brandon Davies looks to continue his playing career at the highest level, the NBA. This offseason has been going very well so far for Davies. He was the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, and was invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago, which took place on May 16th-17th. However, will all of this recent offseason success translate to being drafted? Let’s find out.

For a recap of Davies career, click here

Measurables (from the NBA Combine)

Height w/o shoes: 6’8.5″

Height with shoes: 6’10.25″

Weight: 241.8 lbs

Wingspan: 7’1.5″

Standing Reach: 9’0.5″

Body Fat: 8.6 %

Hand Length: 9 in.

Hand Width: 11 in. 

Nothing really stands out in this aspect. Davies is at a good height for the power forward position, and weighed a little bit more than expected, which is a good thing.

Senior Year Stats

PPG: 17.7

RPG: 8.0

APG: 2.4

FG%: .522

FT%: .682

SPG: 1.3

BPG: 1.0 

3P%: .357

Davies had a great season last year, as evident by his impressive senior year stat line. The metric that really jumps out of the paper is his 2.4 assists per game. It is very rare to see a player at the power forward position that can distribute the basketball the way Davies can. This is something that makes Davies unique to some of the other incoming power forwards in the draft this year.

Strengths

He is long and versatile and uses that to his advantage. He has a great pick and pop game, and his mid-range jumper is lethal. In transition is where Davis excels, and he has shown the ability to run the floor extremely well. His unselfishness is what makes him stand out from the other big men in the draft.

Weaknesses

He isn’t quite big or physical enough to compete at a high level with NBA power forwards. He isn’t a great leaper or agile, so he is very limited athletically. He was a good rebounder in college, but it is in question whether Davies can do the same at the professional level. He is going to need to put on some bulk if he doesn’t want to be manhandled by players such as Kenneth Faried and Zach Randolph.

Prognosis

If Davies is drafted, it will be in the late second round. What Davies lacks in natural ability, he makes up for with a polished and electrifying skill set. Davies might not have the highest ceiling of all of the draft prospects, but he is a safe bet in the late second round. The ideal situation for Davies would be coming off the bench as a stretch four player. He would be a good change of pace for any NBA lineup, and would provide instant offense. If he is not drafted, there is a high possibility he would still be signed by a team as an undrafted free agent and compete in that teams summer league. The Spurs would be a fantastic fit for Davies, based on his ability to run the floor and his ability to shoot.

 

 

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