In a win over the Houston Rockets, recently acquired forward Glen Davis made his Los Angeles Clippers debut, scoring two points in the process.
In addition to his two points, both of which came from the free-throw line, Davis went 0-for-1 from the field, grabbed two rebounds, blocked two shots, committed one turnover and tallied three fouls. Neither of the numbers mentioned are ones that standout, but the advanced stats, +/- to be exact, shows a small glimpse of how impactful Davis can be with the Clippers. In five minutes of play, Davis had a +/- of 3. In comparison, Ryan Hollins, the Clippers reserve center, had a +/- of -5 in the five minutes that he played.
Davis was brought in to sure up the bench and in his first appearance he did that. Or something awfully similar to it. Offensively, he’ll find a rhythm and he’ll get open shots as teams would rather give up a Glen Davis two-pointer rather than a three-pointer from one of the many threats on the team. The one jump shot Davis missed just happened to be that mid-range jumper I just spoke of. Defensively, he showed half the reason why he was brought here. Outside of just being better than Ryan Hollins, Davis has a knack for solid rotations on the defensive end. Though he lacks the size to protect the rim like some of the best defenders in the league, he knows where to be and when to get there. Considering who he’s replacing, Hollins, Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison, two whom were traded at the deadline, that’s a huge positive.
Tonight the Clippers take on the New Orleans Pelicans. With more time to practice with the team, expect Davis to get more playing time tonight in order to acclimate him with the team.