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Future trade bait Glen Davis progressing from foot injury

Oct 22, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis AP

When this season ends Glen Davis is going to be playing for someone other than Orlando. There are no sure things in the NBA, I could be wrong, but if I were Davis I would keep a “go bag” packed and ready near the front door.

Why? Orlando is rebuilding and Davis is a veteran they can move to get more pieces for said rebuild — plus the Magic are not looking to win a lot this year. It’s about developing Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson, not playing Big Baby. Davis is a solid big off the bench who has played huge in the NBA Finals (remember him and Nate Robinson winning Boston a game and calling themselves Shrek and Donkey?).

But Orlando can’t move Davis until his foot gets healthy following a second foot surgery this July, to move him they need to showcase him a little.

So how’s that recovery coming along? The Orlando Sentinel asked the man.

Davis hasn’t participated in contact drills, practices or scrimmages yet. But he’s running up and down the court and is taking jumpers.

“They’re watching me as much as possible, making sure that I don’t skip any steps in this process,” Davis said Monday, before his teammates began practice at Amway Center. “Everything looks good so far.”

As for timelines… the Magic are not doing timelines.

Davis has worked hard to drop weight to make things easier on his foot (he’s even doing yoga) but recovery is slow, and this is a second surgery after the first one didn’t really take (Davis is frustrated about that). Everyone is being patient — Davis because he wants this to heal so he can play many more years, the Magic because they don’t need him back, just so long as he is ready to go before the trade deadline.

Davis, Jameer Nelson and likely others in Orlando will be on the move this season. For Davis, it’s just a matter of showcasing he can still play.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Trade bait for a real sucker GM.

    • sportsfan18 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      He’s a decent role player. His PER last yr was 15.0 which is right at the league average. His career PER is 12.4 which screams back up, role player.

      He pulls down over 7 boards per 36 min’s of court time and scores just under 14 points per 36 min’s of court time.

      Again, I’m NOT saying he’s great or that he should start as he shouldn’t.

      But he’s a good, serviceable back up.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:22 AM

        Funny how he continues to shoot below average for a PF but his PER increases with shot attempts…. Last year, which people are calling his best season, he just played more minutes and took more shots. That’s it. As a backup, he should be the 9th-10th guy off the bench. 0 meaningful playoff minutes. The problem is that he believes he’s much better than he is. He thinks he can shoot.

    • bougin89 - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      I’m not high or low on Glen Davis. He’s an ok 4 if he’s coming off the bench.

      But based on your reply above would you say James Harden just shoots more and plays more minutes?

      Per 36 mins he scores quite a bit more but is it that he just shoots more and was less efficient when he shot than the previous season. He rebounded less and averaged 1.3 more apg at a cost of 1.1 turnovers per game.

      Nobody in their right mind would argue Harden wasn’t awesome last year. He was still very efficient despite being quite a bit less efficient than the previous season. The point here is usage rate really does matter. It’s simply harder when you’re used at a higher percentage for more reasons than only statistics can point out.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Yes. I’d agree that Harden had a slight dropoff in production from the previous year, but I chalk that up more to the fact that his TS% was simply unsustainable for a guard and more than likely an outlier. The numbers don’t really support the theory that increased usage = decreased efficiency. Players are largely either efficient or not, independent of minutes (provided the sample sizes are statistically significant).

      • bougin89 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        So Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley would be just as efficient if they had a much higher usage rate? It takes more skill to be efficient when you are used more. Why else would we rate Kevin Durant and Lebron James sooo high? They are insanely efficient for their usage. Basketball isn’t as simple as saying Jared Dudley is an efficient shooter, so he will shoot everytime. Isn’t that what you’re implying by saying numbers don’t support the theory that increased usage = decreased efficiency?

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        What I’m saying is that if Jared Dudley, who largely takes only good shots, and Chandler, who ONLY takes good shots, increased their FGA, they’d probably do so in the areas that they already shoot. That’s their game. They wouldn’t suddenly think that jumpshots off the dribble were a good idea. There might be some sliding along the efficiency scale, but that can be attributed to standard variation. Nobody is a robot, but across years of data from tons of players shows that NBA players are pretty consistent.

        If what you’re saying is true, then a bunch of guys who only take a few shots a game would be really efficient. However, there were only a handful of guys who were near the efficiency of Chandler with similar FGA. Being really efficient is hard to do, nomatter how many shots you take.

        If I could get a Jared Dudley shot every time down the court, I’d let him go 41-100 from the corner and win every game. Perhaps he should be given more attempts. There might be an argument against players that score most of their points via an assist (Chandler), but that discounts the ability of those players to get into areas of the court where they are productive and open, which is it’s own skill within the offense.

      • bougin89 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        I totally agree with your overall opinion of players that take smart shots are better players. Don’t get me wrong, but just because players aren’t efficient doesn’t mean they have no value. Teammates, systems, injuries all can factor into efficiency. Efficiency ratings are a great resource and should be used in judging players but not to the extent you use them as a be all/end all discussion on players.

  2. themagicfanguy - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Sucker? Not so.
    Davis is a quality bench player on a contender. He is by no means a very good player, but he gives max effort every minute and he puts up some pretty solid performances. He’s been a very good presence on a young Magic team as well. The only negative is that he’s a bit overpaid, so it would need to be a team with some cap space or some dead weight.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      He puts up some really abysmal shooting numbers for his entire career (as a PF!)… but his mediocre everything else really helps out the team!!! Not to mention he’s quite young, and isn’t coming off of a second surgery on the same foot.

  3. q4real - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Harris I could understand but Nichols hell no

  4. lastdukestreetking - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Davis has matured quite a bit since early in his Boston days. Many contending teams would improve their frontcourt depth with him. If healthy, he’s the best trade bait the Magic have, followed by Aflallo & Nelson.

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