Big Ten East Notebook: Every team hurting halfway through season
OCT 13, 9:15a ET | Marcus Hartman
Rotowire: Oct 13 / 11:12a ET
News: Davis recorded five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, and two blocked shots over 16 minutes in Monday's preseason win over the Jazz.
Impact: Davis brought plenty of energy coming off the Blazers' bench, though he was a tad too aggressive at times with four fouls. The 6-foot-10 big man has bounced around the league over the last six seasons, but he should find a role in the Blazers' frontcourt rotation after the team noticed several personnel losses during the offseason. Davis and Noah Vonleh are expected to serve as the top two bigs off the bench behind presumptive starters Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee.
Rotowire: Aug 11 / 6:38a ET
News: Davis is set on improving his free-throw shooting and playing all 82 games this season, Basketball Insiders reports.
Impact: Davis, the recipient of a three-year, $20 million deal this offseason, joined a Blazers squad ripe with playing time. Throughout his career, Davis has exhibited the skills of a traditional center without the requisite size. He played a career-high 81 games three seasons ago, and he's only started 82 games combined in his six-year career. Attempting a career-high 189 free throws last season, Davis shot a career-low 49 percent from the free-throw line, making him a liability late in games. He's a terror on the offensive glass, but his game lacks noticeable holes. He'll compete with Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh, and Mason Plumlee for frontcourt minutes, and he'll help any fantasy roster striving solely for field-goal percentage and blocks.