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Deyonta Davis
20150401 MCDAAG Deyonta Davis outlet.JPG
Davis in 2015
No. 21 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1996-12-02) December 2, 1996 (age 21)
Muskegon, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Muskegon (Muskegon, Michigan)
College Michigan State (2015–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present Memphis Grizzlies
2017 Iowa Energy
2017 Memphis Hustle
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Deyonta Davis (born December 2, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won the Mr. Basketball of Michigan in 2015 and appeared in the McDonald's All-American Boys Game the same year.[1][2] He played one season of college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans before being drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 31st overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Davis attended Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan. In his final season, he recorded 4 points and 12 rebounds in the state regional finals, as Muskegon escaped Hudsonville in quadruple-overtime. He played his final game for the Big Reds on March 24, 2015, in a 52-75 quarterfinals loss to Everett High School. He contributed 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks. It was played only three miles from the Michigan State University campus. Davis said after the loss, "It was very important [to help my team advance]. We came out ready to play, but the game just didn't go our way."[3] The game was attended by MSU assistant basketball coach Dwayne Stephens, who helped recruit him to his team. Davis also got the chance to meet Spartans players before competing.[3] As Muskegon's star left his team, head coach Keith Guy said, "The future is bright. Two games don't define his career."[3]

By the end of the season, Davis was named Mr. Basketball of Michigan for 2015. In the balloting, he earned a total of 5,223 points. Arthur Hill's Eric Davis and Everett's Trevor Manuel finished after him, getting 3,757 and 2,837 points respectively. The award was won by two straight players from Muskegon High School, Deshaun Thrower winning in 2014. Big Red coach Guy complemented his team, saying, "To have another kid win it for the second consecutive year, it shows how far our program has come the last three years."[4] Davis was given his personal Mr. Basketball trophy between the quarters of the Michigan state title game, in which Saginaw's Arthur Hill played against Detroit's Western International. He said in disappointment, "I'd much rather be on the floor playing right now."[5]

On April 1, 2015, Davis competed in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, playing for the West team. He played alongside the likes of Stephen Zimmerman and Jalen Brunson and against Diamond Stone and Cheick Diallo. Davis finished the game with 6 points and 9 rebounds, leading his team in the latter category.[6] In January, when he was named to the game, Bank Hoops scout Steve Bell said, "This is huge for West Michigan."[7] The forward was the first player from that region to appear at the stage since Matt Steigenga in 1988.[7]

College career[edit]

Davis played one season at Michigan State, averaging 7.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. Davis started 16 of the final 17 games of the season for the Spartans.[8] Davis was a key part to Michigan States record setting start to the season, Big Ten Tournament Championship, and MSU's 2nd overall final rank in the AP Poll. He set the school freshman record with 64 blocked shots, second-most in a single season in program history.[9]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Michigan State 35 16 18.6 .598 .000 .605 5.5 .7 .3 1.8 7.5

Professional career[edit]

2016 NBA draft[edit]

Davis declared for the draft on April 12, 2016.[10] Davis and teammate Denzel Valentine were selected to attend the 2016 NBA Combine. Davis hired Bill Duffy as his agent.[11]

Jonathan Givony from DraftExpress had the following to say on Davis: "Although he doesn't produce eye-popping numbers, his ability to switch on screens and stay in front of players big and small has been huge for the Spartans, especially late in games. ... Casual fans should try and get to know him better as the Tournament moves on, provided Michigan State is able to advance, as there's a pretty good chance the NBA will be calling for him when the season is over."[12]

While Davis was consistently labelled as a lottery selection all the way until the day of the draft, he was chosen by the Boston Celtics with the 31st overall pick. He therefore became the first green room invitee to not hear his name get called in the first round since Maciej Lampe in 2003's NBA draft. Davis' rights were later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on draft night.[13]

Memphis Grizzlies (2016–present)[edit]

On July 12, 2016, Davis signed a fully guaranteed three-year, $4-million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.[14][15] The deal marked the richest guaranteed salary for an American-born second-round pick in NBA history.[15] On December 15, 2016, he was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.[16] During his rookie and sophomore seasons, Davis received multiple assignments to the Iowa Energy and the Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies' G League affiliates.[17][18]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Memphis 36 0 6.6 .511 .000 .556 1.7 0.1 0.1 0.5 1.6
Career 36 0 6.6 .511 .000 .556 1.7 0.1 0.1 0.5 1.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Memphis 3 0 3.7 .600 .000 .500 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Career 3 0 3.7 .600 .000 .500 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deyonta Davis, Muskegon". 247Sports.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Deyonta Davis Player Profile". RealGM. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Edwards III, James L. "Mr. Basketball ends prep career at state quarterfinals". MLive.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Opfermann, Mark. "Michigan State-bound Deyonta Davis of Muskegon takes Mr. Basketball in stride, looks ahead to state quarterfinals". MLive.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Dacey, Justin. "Muskegon All-American Deyonta Davis receives personal Mr. Basketball trophy on future home court at Michigan State". MLive.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "McDonalds All-American Game". RealGM. 
  7. ^ a b Brandenburg, Scott. "'This is huge for West Michigan': Muskegon star, MSU signee Deyonta Davis' McDonald's All-American selection is historic". MLive.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Deyonta Davis". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  9. ^ "Tom Izzo knew Deyonta Davis wouldn't be at Michigan State for long". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  10. ^ "Spartans freshman Davis to enter NBA draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  11. ^ "DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Deyonta Davis, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook". www.draftexpress.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  12. ^ "DraftExpress: NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Prospect TV Schedule: Friday". www.draftexpress.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  13. ^ "NBA Draft MSU's Deyonta Davis Drafted 31st Overall by the Boston Celtics". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  14. ^ "Grizzlies sign 2016 second round draft pick Deyonta Davis to multi-year contract". NBA.com. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Charania, Shams (July 10, 2016). "Sources: Deyonta Davis agrees to richest guarantee for American second-round pick". Yahoo.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Grizzlies rookie Deyonta Davis is out 6-8 weeks..." Twitter. December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ "2017-2018 Memphis Grizzlies Transactions History". RealGM.com. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 

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