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Like several breakout candidates, Ed Davis needs more playing time to prove that he's for real. It was clear that Davis wasn't going to see extended minutes under Lionel Hollins, but perhaps Dave Joerger will bring aboard a refined approach that involves heavier doses of the 24-year-old.
After being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, Davis appeared for a shade over 15 minutes per game, down nine minutes from the run he was accustomed to with the Toronto Raptors.
Davis averaged a double-double per 36 minutes last season, but with Zach Randolph hogging minutes ahead of him, adjusting to a new system could prove to take considerable time.
Randolph, though, is 32 years old, and he feels like a prime trade candidate (especially after ESPN's Chad Ford said he was a "marked man" last winter). If the Grizzlies are looking to avoid shelling out $16.5 million next season in the form of Randolph's player option, they'd be wise to deal him for younger, cheaper pieces at the deadline.
And the good news is that they'd have Davis available to step in right away and fill Randolph's void. It's going to take time before Davis sees his role expand in Memphis, but once it does, he should be well on his way to breakout status.