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Ed Davis
Ed Davis
Position: F
Born: 06/05/89
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $4,449,000
D’Angelo Russell was basking in the postgame glow of leading the Nets to a must-have win over his former Lakers team Friday night with his third straight double-double. Someone asked the Nets’ star how important veterans such as DeMarre Carroll, Ed Davis and Jared Dudley have been in terms of helping a young team cope with the stress of fighting for a playoff berth for the first time in many of their careers. “Huge, huge, all of them,” Russell said. “I can go to them about what to say, how to think, my mentality, and they prepare me the best way they can. I appreciate it.”
It’s that dead-honest quality Russell most appreciates about the Nets’ trio of elder statesmen. Last season, most of those duties fell to Carroll because Jeremy Lin was away from the team rehabbing an injury. So, Carroll welcomed the addition this season of Davis and Dudley. “I don’t have to scream and yell at the guys all the time and they hear the same voice all the time,” Carroll said. “I think those guys really give me a lot of relief from that aspect. We take turns, and we know which guys like each other and which guys we can talk to more. It’s been key. Those two guys have been amazing.”
AS: As things were up in the air after the playoffs and over the summer, how often were you and your teammates talking about what was still possible together? Jusuf Nurkic: During the season, there’s not much time to talk about stuff like that. But in the summer there was a lot of speculation about coach and the team, and what’s going to happen. We didn’t know. And there were just a lot of things that went into the summer. We watched Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier walk away in free agency. You heard other teams start to say, “Oh, well the Blazers might tank” and stuff like that. I think we knew deep down—me and Dame and C.J., Mo [Harkless], and Chief [Al-Farouq Aminu]—I think we knew that if we stayed healthy, we could still be dangerous. We could do some damage. There was a lot of stuff going on, but Dame was like, “If we’re healthy, we’re good.” And at the end of the day, we’ve really improved the roster.
Davis has an offensive rebounding percentage that currently ranks in the 99th percentile among all players at his position, per Cleaning the Glass. He has a career-high 5.6 offensive rebounds per 36 minutes thus far. The 6-foot-10 big man has had eight offensive rebounds (second-most from any non-starter) off the bench multiple times this season. “Offensive rebounds are deflating,” said Davis when he caught up with HoopsHype. “When the other team gets them against us, it crushes us. You play good defense for 20 seconds and then there is an offensive rebound, kick it out for a three, it hurts. It changes the momentum. Those plays turn the game around. So I try to do that to my opponents.”