Suns Draft Profile: Deyonta Davis
After a single season with the Spartans, young bigman Deyonta Davis declared for the NBA draft, which has had many teams, including the Suns intrigued with his length and athleticism. Davis has had some great teachers in his lone season in college, between Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo, and two experienced seniors in potential lottery pick Denzel Valentine, and fellow big man Matt Costello. The Suns definitely need help at the four, and with the 13th pick in the draft, Davis could be one to watch.
Deyonta Davis is a physical specimen at 6 foot 11 inches, with a near 7 foot 3 inch wingspan, who can run the floor and jump out of the gym. That sounds like a Phoenix Suns power forward to me. He loves to get out and run in the open court, and has great hands on catching passes on rim runs and lob passes. This explosive athleticism extends to his rebounding game, in which he is very active on both the offensive and defensive glass.
As a defender, Davis had shown great flashes. He is already an elite paint protector, blocking nearly four shots per 40 minutes. He has good timing, and a quick jump to get up and send away layups. As a perimeter defender, Davis has quick feet and the ability to stay in front of his man, and the length to block jumpshots.
Davis doesn’t turn 20 until December. He has a ton of upside, and with the right development could turn into a star in the big leagues.
Offensively, Deyonta Davis has a long way to go. He is not ready to contribute on offence to an NBA team yet, apart from finishing lobs and dunks. He has struggled in the post, and his mid range jumpshot is very touch-and-go. He also only shot 63 percent from the free throw line, which could improve.
Currently he is just too eager on defense. He wants to block every shot that comes his way, which leads to silly fouls as he bites on pump fakes, and goes for shots he simply cannot reach. Stretch fours are also a big problem for Davis, as he thrives as a rim protector. He has the quickness to contest shots, but is much more effective in the paint (think Bismack Biyombo against Channing Frye).
How Does He Fit.
The Suns have always been a fan of running bigmen who can get out in transition and block shots in the paint, and depending on what happens with the number four pick, Deyonta Davis could look quite sharp in the orange and purple. He is a project, but with Tyson Chandler on the roster to mentor him, Davis could learn quick. Although there is an immediate need for an improvement at the power forward spot, Davis could be one for the future of the position.
His upside is so high, the Suns could definitely take a risk on Davis, who could be part of this young Suns core for years to come. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.