The All-NBA Rookie second and first teams were just announced today. There were some players you would expect on the list such as John Wall and Blake Griffin, but then you see names such as Derick Favors, and it is obvious that someone is missing from this list.
Ed Davis did not even make the All-Rookie second team, and was pushed off of it by Derick Favors, who took the last remaining forward spot on the second team.
Just by looking at stats, you can tell that Ed Davis is much better than Favors. Davis averaged more points, more rebounds and more blocks, while summing it up with a higher player efficiency rating, yet somehow, Favors got more votes than Davis.
Not only talking stat-wise, but also on the court play, Davis showed much more passion to play basketball compared to Favors, or even some of the other players selected to the rookie teams. The only reason Favors is being picked on, is because most people would also agree that he did not deserve a spot based on what his rookie stats showed.
Davis entered the season with an injury, but when he joined the team, it looked more and more clearly that Davis was a significant piece towards the teams future success. At first, he was a strong component off the bench, and was the second player on the Raptors depth chart at the position, behind Amir Johnson.
Much like the Toronto Maple Leafs, injuries were somehow a good thing for the Raptors. Amir Johnson, never gave up. Amir kept getting minor injuries that most players would sit out for a game or two and let heal, but not Amir, he just kept going. Eventually, he had to give himself a rest and that is where Ed Davis shined. Davis averaged 10.5 PPG and 9 RPG as a starter.
Did Davis deserve to be on the All-Rookie Second Team?
Some of the games earlier in the season that he started, he was still partially recovering from his injury, but the later half of the season, where he got most of his glory, is where he proved to the Raptors that he was a much stronger, more determined, but less of an offensive powerhouse, than Chris Bosh ever was.
Comparing Davis' and Favors' stats, you clearly see that Davis has the advantage
Davis: 7.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1 BPG, 15.83 PER
Favors: 6.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1 BPG, 13.09 PER
Clearly we see that Davis was better in all aspects of the game, whilst only playing only four more minutes than Favors did.
Hopefully the NBA will come to its senses and rethink this one. They cannot change the All-Rookie team and i give congrats to everyone who made it (including Favors), but the NBA should really go back and say to themselves, "Why did we not put Davis on this list?"
Davis has shown Raptors fans that he has the ability to be a key part of this teams future success and that he can matchup against other big men at his position. He has also proven to teams that he deserved to be picked before the thirteenth spot. They passed on him, Raptors got him, and made the rebuilding process just a bit easier.
Thanks for reading!