Brian Schmitz Magic Insider
8:27 AM EDT, April 29, 2013
Over the next few weeks, Josh Robbins and I will evaluate the 2012-13 season of each player who finished the season on the Magic roster.
Our series taking a look at all 14 players continues:
Position: Power forward
2012-13 stats: 31.1 mpg, 44.8 fg%, .000 3p%, 71.8 ft%, 15.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 apg
Background: Davis spent four seasons with Boston, winning a ring in 2008, before the Celtics shipped him to Orlando in 2011 in a deal for Brandon Bass. After a rocky first season in Orlando rife with issues on and off the floor, Davis settled down to become a leader and co-captain. But he played in just 34 games, missing 11 games (sprained shoulder) and the final 37 with a fractured foot.
Strengths: He became the heart and soul of the Magic in many ways, appearing to mature. He was the best interior defender and posted career highs before injuries eventually derailed him – and the club. He helped push the Magic to a surprising 12-13 start and a No. 6 ranking defensively, but his two stints on the injured list resulted in the team winning only eight more games. A proverbial bull in the china shop, Davis is light on his feet and has a nice touch.
Needs to improve: Big Baby is a powerhouse inside, but he forces shots at times in traffic and tends to turn over the ball. Instead of barreling ahead, he has a nice mid-range game and should explore it more to become less predictable.
The future: Although Davis says he wants to stay, he is vulnerable to being traded this summer as the Magic continue to clear cap space. Assuming he is still here, Davis will have a challenger for his power-forward job: Tobias Harris. It is expected to be the most interesting position battle in training camp. Acquired at the trade deadline in the J.J. Redick deal, Harris is not as strong in the post or as good a defender as Davis yet. But he’s more athletic and versatile, able to score in a variety of ways.Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.
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