It’s been a long and winding road for former BYU forward Brandon Davies, but he has landed on his feet with a guaranteed NBA job.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Thursday that they have signed Davies to a contract, and that he will be a member of their roster for the 2013-2014 season. The 22-year-old forward averaged more than 12 points and 6 rebounds per game during a 4-year career at BYU, but he is best known for an unfortunate circumstance.
Davies was suspended for the majority of the 2011 season, when the team was led by the infamous Jimmer Fredette, as a result of a “honor code violation”. However, he did return to BYU for his final two years of eligibility, albeit with less fanfare, and he provided solid play for the Clippers in Summer League.
New head coach Doc Rivers gave this statement following the announcement:
"“We really liked Brandon in Summer League,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said in a statement. “We like his ability to play multiple positions and he fits with our team. He understands team basketball and has been in here all summer working on his game.”"
Davies will likely be anything but an impact player for LA this season, but Rivers echoes my sentiment that his game fits perfectly as a practice player who could fill multiple roles if called upon. Personally, I couldn’t be happier to see him land with a potential title contender, and it looks as if he has the chance to establish a long-lasting NBA career.