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Apr 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Ed Davis (32) goes up for a lay up while defended by Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20) during the second quarter at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Will Ed Davis have a breakout year?

After filling in for All-Star center Marc Gasol, who was the 2012-2013 Defensive Player of the Year, big man Ed Davis was hoping to cash in during free agency. That, however, did not happen and Davis instead signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers worth just over $2 million. Davis will once again try to prove his worth so he can eventually sign the long-term deal he desires.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes Davis could be in for a big season under new head coach Byron Scott.

Davis may be far from a household name, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the young man cannot produce. After playing sparingly during his time in Memphis, the 25-year-old is looking to once again turn heads with the rebuilding Lakers as he once did as a member of the Raptors early in his career. Projected starting center Jordan Hill has never averaged more than 20.8 MPG and has been hit by the unfortunate injury bug often throughout his five NBA seasons, so Davis could find himself as a vital cog in Byron Scott’s rotation just so long as he defends and rebounds.

Davis averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season while shooting 53.4% from the field and 52.8% from the free throw line last season. In his four-year career, the former 13th-overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors has put up 6.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 54.2% from the floor and 59.6% from the charity stripe.

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