Ed Davis Keeps Proving His Worth to Los Angeles Lakers’ Future

Every team needs a guy like Ed Davis. And for the Los Angeles Lakers, a modest two-year, $2 million contract signed over the summer is paying off.

Davis plays hard, and he gets in his opponents’ way. He doesn’t demand the ball on the offensive end, but when he gets it down low where the paint is crowded and bodies crash, he knows what to do—he finishes hard at the rim and lopes back the other way, ready to do more work. 

After dropping 20 points for a season high against his former team—the Memphis Grizzlies—in a loss Jan. 2, Davis took the blame upon himself. He didn’t talk about his eight rebounds or blocking two shots, or shooting 7-of-9 from the field.

All he cared about was one missed free throw. The Lakers were down two points with 2.8 seconds left in regulation when the 6’10” power forward got fouled going for the dunk. He made one of two attempts from the stripe, and the Grizzlies prevailed for the win.

Said the 25-year-old after the game, per Lakers.com: “It definitely hurt me to miss that second one, against a team that, if I can have one win all year, it would definitely be against them. But it is what it is, gotta get back in the gym tomorrow.”

Davis won an NCAA title at North Carolina and was the No. 13 draft pick for the Toronto Raptors in 2010. He showed steady progress and seemed to be coming into his own during his third season in Toronto, but he was traded to the Grizzlies, where his minutes dipped dramatically.

According to Dave McMenamin for ESPN LA, Memphis offered Davis a $20 million extension last season, but he turned it down to become a free agent. He wound up in L.A. for a lot less money and something to prove.

The son of former NBA power forward Terry Davis, Ed began the season playing backup behind Carlos Boozer. But his penchant for blocking shots and...

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