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Ed Davis: NBA Draft Profile and Scouting Report

May 17, 2010 – 11:45 AM
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Ed Davis, North Carolina -- 2010 NBA Draft Profile

Position: Power Forward | Height: 6-9 | Weight: 215
Class: Sophomore | Age: 20 | Hometown: Richmond, VA

2009 Stats: 12.9 points | 9.2 rebounds | 2.7 blocks | 57.8 percent field goals | Game Log
NBA Mock Draft Ranking: 6

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Ed Davis Scouting Report

Strengths: On the plus side, Davis has as high a ceiling as any guy in the draft. His talent is through the roof. At 6-9 and left-handed, Davis immediately imposes match-up problems with his length and ability to finish above the rim. As he develops his body and gets stronger, he should become a more viable presence on the glass and at the defensive end. Offensively, he has great hands and a really good feel at the basket using his soft touch. One of the best defenders in the ACC when healthy, he projects as a quality defensive power forward who will disrupt with his length and commitment to stopping scorers, even when he's not scoring.

Weaknesses: Is he Chris Bosh or Brandan Wright? Is he a power forward or a true center? You could make a valid argument either way. While still very raw, he relies mostly on his leaping ability and natural gifts to control the paint. But right now, he doesn't have an offensive game and isn't comfortable stepping away from the hoop. He has terrible footwork with his back to the basket, and unlike a more seasoned veteran (i.e. Cole Aldrich), he lacks the wherewithal to evaluate the defense, read double-teams, and find open shooters or cutters. Like Greg Monroe -- another gifted lefty -- he seems to lack the killer instinct and necessary intensity to become a star, and doesn't appear to ever be a No.1 option or maybe even No.2 option on offense.

Forecast: The jury is still out on Davis as he missed much of last season with a broken wrist, but even with the question marks, his capacity to block shots, become a rebounding force, and his naturally soft touch make him lottery worthy. Because of it, he may slip a bit and could be a major steal late in the lottery. Either way, Davis should earn playing time as a rookie with his defensive skills and sound understanding of the game. Unlike other inexperienced players -- especially big men -- Davis has a good feel for schemes and how to flow within an offense. He fits somewhere in the middle of Monroe and Favors in terms of bust potential, but more than likely this is a safe pick in the top ten.

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