Brandon Davies was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that saw the 76ers pick up Andrei Kirilenko, Jorge Gutierrez and a 2020 second round pick ending his time in Philadelphia.
Davies landed with the 76ers just before the regular season started in 2013 after being released by the Los Angeles Clippers and was able to find a home. He played 51 games as a rookie with varying amounts of success as Philadelphia tried to turn over its roster. He missed more than a quarter of the season with a hand injury, but came back strong to end the year. In fact, two of his best scoring outputs of the season came in the last two games. He scored 11 points each night on a combined 9 of 12 shooting from the floor as the Sixers ended the year on a two game winning streak.
Year two started out with much more promise for Davies as he set a new career-high in scoring three times in the first five games, including outputs of 12, 18 and 20 points. His production earned Davies six starts in 20 games before the trade and proved plenty of the naysayers wrong who said he shouldn’t have made the roster. It was clear that he could be a productive NBA player even though the 76ers weren’t winning. After the offensive explosion during the first few weeks, he dropped off quite a bit, but still earned minutes as the Sixers tried to find the right rotation to get in the win column. Along the way, he still had some nice moments, including a six point, six rebound, two steal performance in his last game on the floor.
All told, Philadelphia was 17-54 in the 71 games that Davies played over two seasons. During that time, he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds, including 2014-15 averages of 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and nearly a steal in 19 minutes a night.
While his time with the struggling 76ers wasn’t earth-shattering, Davies showed that he had the ability to be a NBA player because of his determination and his work ethic. Lets hope that will translate into more opportunities as he tries to settle into his new home as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.