When Ed Davis played his first game as a Toronto Raptor back on December 1, the rookie relied on adrenaline to score 11 points and snag six rebounds in 24 minutes of burn. Even though he shot an impressive 5-7 from the field in the game it was clear his offense was a work in progress as most of those field goals came off putbacks or easy looks in the paint.
Two and a half months later, he’s now scored in double-figures for four consecutive games and is leading all NBA rookies with a field goal percentage of 59.9%. He’s also on pace to surpass Matt Bonner (53.3%) for the highest field goal precentage from a Raptors rookie.
Not a bad jump in shooting percentage for a rookie who shot a solid 52% from the field during his two seasons of college ball.
“I think it’s just his shot selection,” Jay Triano told HOOPSADDICT.com. “I think it’s where he takes his shots and how he’s working to get them. A lot of them are putbacks because he goes to the offensive glass so well. Plus, he knows his range and he knows his limitations.”
In short, Davis is doing the dirty work on the offensive glass in order to get some easy looks. The exception came against Utah on Wednesday when he attempted a career-high 13 field goals but made only five of them. It’s games like that where he gets away from his strengths and attempts too many perimeter shots or jumpers.
Even though he’s generally sticking mid-range jumpers when he takes them don’t expect the rookie to start commanding more touches within the teams offense anytime soon.
“He can touch the ball on offense anytime he rebounds it,” Triano joked with me when I asked if Davis had warranted more touches within the offense.
Once the laughter in the media scrum died down he admitted that Davis is on his way to earning more touches but he’s just not there yet.
“We do want to give him the ball more,” Triano admitted after some gentle prodding. “He can make plays for other people because he’s a good passer out of the post. But we’ve just got to take things slow because we have other guys on our team who need their touches. He’s slowly earning more touches with his play.”
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