Ricky Davis averaged over 20 points per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers nine seasons ago. The 32-year-old swingman with 12 years of NBA experience will now attempt to get back to that point in his career, but his NBA comeback will begin with a stint in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws.
Davis, who bounced around overseas after being cut by the Los Angeles Clippers midway through the 2009-10 NBA season, signed an NBA Development League contract last week and was claimed off of waivers by the Red Claws on Tuesday afternoon. The NBA veteran will join a roster that includes NBA training camp invites Xavier Silas, Durrell Summers, Paul Harris, Kenny Hayes and Mike Tisdale.
Davis is likely hoping to join the D-League, work his way into shape over the next two weeks and be ready to showcase his talents in front of all 30 NBA teams during the annual D-League Showcase in Reno when the event tips off on Jan.9. Until then, however, it'll be fun to watch him showcase his wares among his Development League counterparts.
In a league where many believe eye-popping statistics are the most important thing, it would seem Davis should fit right in:
The Red Claws are in action on Tuesday night, but Davis is not with the team. The team's next game is Thursday in Ohio against the Cleveland Cavaliers owned Canton Charge.