The Raptors announced today that they’ve recalled rookie forward Ed Davis from the Erie BayHawks of the D-League. This is probably earlier than they thought they were going to be bringing him on to the NBA roster, but Reggie Evans’ broken foot has created an opening for Davis.
While he’s going to be on the active roster for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, we should expect him to see limited minutes while he continues to add on muscle and improve his conditioning. Even if he only gets 5-10 minutes per game for the first few weeks, this gives Raptors fans something to look forward to now that the optimism created by the team’s recent four-game winning streak has been snuffed out by a couple of losses to far superior teams.
Davis averaged 10 points, five rebounds and an impressive three blocks in just 17.5 minutes over his two games in the D-League. The blocks combined with his dunk at the 18-second mark of this highlight video from Sunday’s game indicate that his athleticism appears to be back to 100 percent, or close to it. The Raptors could certainly use some shot-blocking in their lineup — they’re dead last in the NBA with 54 blocks so far this season.