Should Ed Davis Return as Los Angeles Lakers Starter Next Season?

You always know what you’re getting from Ed Davis—an all-around effort and a bruising inside game. But should the Los Angeles Lakers, a team in transition, bring the 25-year-old back as a starter next season?

Davis recently indicated he would opt out of his contract at season’s end in hopes of returning for a longer run.

“I’m hoping for a long-term deal,” the big man said, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. “I’d love to return here. I know this will turn around eventually.”

And that’s OK with Lakers coach Byron Scott, who said, per Medina: “He plays hard and he knows his role. He does so many things to make himself better and to make us better.”

Can Davis and the organization keep the chemistry rolling and make a match for the future?

At 6’10” and 240 pounds, Davis has primarily played the power forward position during his five-year pro career. But the Lakers have another possibility as a starting 4 next season: lottery draft pick Julius Randle, who went down with a broken leg in his rookie debut.

There is certainly a case to be made for Randle coming off the bench as he learns the ways of the NBA. After all, even Kobe Bryant played a support role his first two seasons.

But regardless of the bench versus starter argument, Davis has proven his worth, including an astonishingly accurate touch when scoring the ball at close range. 

During a recent appearance on Lakers Voices for, Mike Trudell pointed out that Davis has been the league’s most efficient scorer since the All-Star break, averaging 75 percent from the field.

Trudell asked the Big Boss about his methodology for getting his touches.

“Just do what I do. Basically just try to take high-percentage shots,” said Davis. “I get a lot of eas...

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