Brandon Davies enjoyed his best game during NBA summer league play in his last, as the L.A. Clippers fell to the New York Knicks 91-80 on Friday in Las Vegas.
In his only start of summer league play, the former BYU standout — who played on the Clippers' summer league team — scored 14 points while hitting 5-of-11 field goals. Davies also made his first 3-pointer of the tournament, and played a personal summer-league high 28 minutes. He filled out his stat sheet with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot against New York.
Davies averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in L.A.'s five summer league games. He played well on defense, blocking four shots and drawing charges, and had five assists and eight offensive rebounds while averaging nearly 16 minutes of playing time per game.
"I loved his performance. He plays hard every possession. He does the right things on both ends of the floor. He got a chance to play a lot more tonight to see what he can do," Clippers summer league coach Tyronn Lue told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "His effort and the way he makes plays is unbelievable. He did a great job for us."
Davies and the Clippers won their summer league opener before dropping their final four games.
Prior to summer league play, Davies said he had been working on extending his offensive range. While he missed badly on several 3-point attempts prior to hitting one against the Knicks, Davies finished summer league action by hitting 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts (12-of-26). He was also perfect on free throws, making 4-of-4.
"I think I did pretty good this week. I just got better every day, every game, and that’s all I needed to do," Davies told the Review-Journal. "I took it as a learning experience, and I’ve taken a lot from this. I just feel like I took advantage of the opportunity."
The Clippers already have 12 of their 15 roster spots for next season filled. Among those post men fighting for a roster spot with Davies on Los Angeles' summer league team were DaJuan Summers, Samardo Samuels and JaMychal Green. Samuels averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Summers averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. After missing the final game with an injury, Green finished with averages of 7.0 points and 5.25 rebounds in four games.
"It’s funny because in the past I’ve always played patient and calm, but at this level you just want to get in there and show what you can do," Davies said in his summer league diary on the Clippers' website, prior to the Clippers' game against the Mavericks on Wednesday. "I want to show the coaches that I have a lot of energy and try to make sure I’m going after everything. The coaches talk about slowing down just a hair."
Davies said one thing his coaches have emphasized during summer league action is communication. He said communication on defense has come naturally to him, and his ability to talk on defense in college has transferred over in his short time in the pros.
"I’ve still got to get better at it, but I think I’ve shown I’m willing to do the little things the coaches are asking of us," he said.
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