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2006 NBA Draft Draft Tracker Draft Tracker - Round 1 Draft Tracker - Round 2 Players Positions Schools Conferences NBA Teams

Paul Davis - C

 Paul Davis Rank: 34
 Position: Center
 School: Michigan State
 Conference: Big Ten
 Height, Weight: 6'10, 265
   Selected by: Los Angeles Clippers
 Round 2, pick 4 (34 overall)
ANALYSIS: Coming out of high school, there were high expectations for Davis, so high that many observers thought he would have no chance of staying all four years at Michigan State. Well, Davis did stay all four years and, because of how high the expectations were, some might say he was a disappointment. Davis admits that he did not learn to ignore the expectations and relax on the court until his senior season, and it showed in his play. As a senior, he enjoyed career-highs in points (17.5), rebounds (9.1), blocks (0.9) and free-throw percentage (87 percent). Although questions remain about how his athleticism will translate to the NBA level along with his intensity, Davis' improvement on the court and the lack of quality big men in the draft should keep him in the first round. Davis is able to score with his back to the basket, and he also sports a trusty jumper, as his 57 percent shooting percentage last season shows. For his college career, Davis shot 54 percent from the floor. Davis always hustles and grabs his share of rebounds. He had 15 doubles-doubles as a senior after recording ten his junior year. Because he does not have good lateral movement, Davis is not a good defender and can get exploited in the post. He also is not a shot blocker, and at times commits silly fouls trying to guard quicker players. Because of Davis' ability to shoot, grab rebounds and his size, he will have every opportunity to play a long time in the NBA. However, do not expect overwhelming numbers from him. He seemed to disappear in games in college, and his lack of athleticism will cause that trend to continue in the pros.

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