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Davis' 8.2 rebounds per 36 minutes tell the Grizz all they need to know about his future value to them. He lacks the strength to battle underneath.
That he hasn't received enough minutes isn't an issue. He's averaging minutes per game. In only two of the 10 games in which he's seen 20 or more minutes, he's grabbed more than five boards.
His 17.2 percent defensive rebounding rate is 5.6 percent below last season.
Davis is making more shots than he did in the first month. After hitting 48.1 percent through a month, he's knocked down 60.7 percent in December. His 54.5 percent field-goal percentage is more in line with the standards for someone who takes 69.9 percent of his attempts inside eight feet, per his NBA.com shot chart.
While the shooting figure is nice, it doesn't make up for his poor defense and rebounding.
Calathes is running through a rough NBA beginning. He's neither shooting nor handling the ball well. He's hitting 38.5 percent from the field, with six games below 40 percent from the field. He's turning it over 3.8 times per 36 minutes and at a 30.1 percent rate.
However, he's improving a bit with a 2.3 assist-to-turnover rate in December, 0.8 better than in the first month.
Johnson was signed from the NBDL to add shooting, and he has provided some sparks. He's averaging 6.8 points per game on 50 percent shooting and 50 percent from three-point range. He tallied 11 points on 3-of-5 from the field against the Mavericks on Wednesday.
The fourth-year player has provided rebounding in some spots. He has pulled down 13 rebounds in his last two games after grabbing two in his first two while wearing the three shades of blue.
Franklin hasn't made the best of the playing time that has fallen to him due to injuries. He's hitting just 35.5 percent from the field. He's made half his shots in two of the seven games in which he took multiple shots.
His defense is lagging, as he is allowing 108 points per 100 possessions.
Fortunately, ball control hasn't been an issue for the rookie from San Diego State. He's averaging 1.7 turnovers per 36 minutes and has only coughed it up multiple times in one affair.
Franklin attacks the boards. He has 5.5 rebounds per 36 minutes and has two games with three or more boards.
Leuer praised Franklin's effort telling The Commercial Appeal (subscription required), "He's got great work ethic. And he's got a great attitude."