Due to a number of injuries, Davis saw over 15 minutes per game in his second season with the Grizzlies, but now, with the team focused on competing once again, the 21-year-old is headed to Sacramento. Unfortunately for Davis, he joins an abundance of young frontcourt talent with the Kings, including the likes of Marvin Bagley, Willie Cauley-Stein, Harry Giles and Skal Labissiere. With Sacramento likely favoring those four guys over Davis, playing time will likely be extremely hard to come by for the youngster over the course of the 2018-19 season.
Davis finished Tuesday's 95-92 summer league win over the Jazz with 17 points (8-9 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes.
Davis saw his role grow as a second-year player with Memphis last season, but still only averaged 15.2 minutes per game. As a result, the Grizzlies are having him go through summer league this offseason once again in order to get some added reps ahead of the upcoming campaign. Davis struggled in Monday's opener, but bounced back in a big way Tuesday, going an extremely efficient 8-for-9 from the field for 17 points. Even if Davis does perform well in the summer league, his playing time isn't likely going to change much, especially now that the Grizzlies added No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson to the frontcourt rotation.
Davis mustered 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists over 62 games played with Memphis during the 2017-18 season.
Davis considerably improved from his rookie season as he was able to average 4.2 more points and 2.3 more rebounds in each game. The former Michigan State center also shot the ball more effectively during his sophomore season, increasing his shooting percentage to 60.8 percent and his free-throw percentage to 66.7 percent. Davis is set to play the final year of his rookie contract and will make about $1.5 million.
The Grizzlies are giving veteran Marc Gasol the night off for rest, so Davis will get the call to fill in as the team's starting center. Along with Gasol, JaMychal Green (knee) remains out as well, so there should be a ton of extra minutes available in the frontcourt. In four previous starts this season, Davis has seen only minor gains overall, averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds across 23.5 minutes. That said, his expected workload still makes him an intriguing value play for Monday's DFS slate.
Davis pitched in eight points (4-6 FG) nine rebounds, one steal and one block across 27 minutes in Friday's 94-93 loss to the Kings.
Davis didn't let a late scratch from the starting lineup affect him, as he generated his second consecutive eight-point effort. He also posted his best performance on the glass since March 21 and remains a viable DFS value option due to his serviceable scoring and rebounding contributions. Moreover, Davis could continue seeing upwards of 20 minutes -- as he already has in each of the first three games of April -- for what's left of the regular season.
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