Does Josh Davis, the former San Diego State Aztec, deserve a spot on the Hornets roster?
A few things make this an enticing idea. To understand why, look no further than his first Summer League game. This was a game that saw first round picks Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston struggle mightily. The Hornets were getting vastly outplayed by the Golden State Warriors and it was looking like there wouldn’t be anything good to take away. That is, until Josh Davis came off the bench to provide a spark in the form of 16 rebounds. If hustle plays were a statistic, he would’ve stuffed the sheets in that category as well. While it wasn’t enough to lead the Hornets to victory, it went a long way in terms of his character and work ethic. Every rebound, whether he reeled it in or not, he was there. He displayed that “never quit” mentality that can really benefit a team on the rise.
The position Josh Davis plays, power forward, is another reason why he might be worth a roster spot. While the future at this position is very bright in Charlotte, Noah Vonleh showed during the Summer League that it might take some time and patience before we see the light. Having a hustle guy like Davis come in off the bench and provide second chance points might make it a little easier to be patient. In addition, throwing another guy into the position battle could bring out the best in Vonleh, Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams.
Finally, and maybe most evident, is his comparison to the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard. Davis and Leonard could almost pass as brothers, they are similar in height, and they both went to San Diego State. When Leonard was first drafted, he displayed a very similar skill set to Davis and was able to develop a shot. Most importantly, he represents the underdog rising to stardom. As an undrafted rookie free agent, Josh Davis most certainly fits the role of underdog.
Many teams will be looking for the next Kawhi Leonard, have the Charlotte Hornets already found him in Josh Davis? Weigh in your opinion in the comments section below!