Future Watch: Terence Davis Rookie Basketball Cards, Raptors

Future Watch: Terence Davis Rookie Basketball Cards, RaptorsFuture Watch: Terence Davis Rookie Basketball Cards, RaptorsTerence B. Davis II was born in Southhaven, Mississippi in 1997. He began playing basketball at the age of six, but was also a football player for most of his youth. In fact, he was a star wide receiver for Southhaven High School and received twenty scholarship offers from major universities to play college football. Instead, he decided to focus on basketball in college and was given that opportunity at the University of Mississippi.

In his freshman season at Ole Miss, Davis played sporadically and averaged only 6.9 minutes per game. The next season he took a big step forward. He played in 36 games, starting in 26, while averaging 25.3 minutes. In those minutes he averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals to become one of the most improved players in college basketball. Davis’ took another step forward in his junior season when he led the team with 13.8 points per game and averaged a career high in rebounds with 6.2.

After his junior season, Ole Miss fired coach Andy Kennedy and hired Kermit Davis. Under his new coach, Terence Davis averaged 15.2 points, 5.8 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He also posted career bests in shooting with 37% from behind the arc and 77% from the free throw line. After scoring 27 points with 12 boards in a win over Auburn on January 9th, 2019 he earned SEC Player of the Week honors. At the conclusion of the regular season, he was named Second-Team All-SEC.

Davis would help lead the Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in his college career. Ole Miss earned an eight seed in the South Regional bracket. Future Watch: Terence Davis Rookie Basketball Cards, RaptorsUnfortunately, they lost 95-72 to nine seed Oklahoma. After the season, Davis participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (a seniors only showcase for NBA scouts) and went on to be named to the All-Tournament Team.

At the 2019 NBA Draft, the 6’4” shooting guard went undrafted! This in part was Davisown design. Multiple teams picking the second round asked Davis to sign a two-way contract that would have paid him less while he developed in the G-League with no guaranteed opportunity for NBA minutes. After declining these two-way offers, Davis went undrafted and set his eyes on the Summer League where he knew he could earn a more substantial opportunity.

His first shot came when the Denver Nuggets who offered him a spot on their Summer League roster. In his first game he scored 22 points. Toronto liked what they saw from Davis in that game and offered him a two-year contract with a full guarantee in year one. Davis signed with Toronto and quickly joined their squad in Las Vegas. In three Summer League games with the Raptors, Davis averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 boards and 5.0 assists over 28.0 minutes.

In his NBA debut on October 22nd, Davis came off the bench and contributed to a 130-122 overtime win over the Pelicans with five points, five boards, two assists and two steals. He drew his first career start on January 8th, 2020 and scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and five assists in a 112-110 win over the Hornets. So far his career high in scoring is 31 points. That came in a win on February 2nd against the Bulls.

Terence Davis’ NBA Stats as of 2/27/2020

Per Game Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2019-20 22 TOR NBA SG 58 2 17.6 3.0 6.3 .474 1.5 3.6 .415 1.5 2.8 .550 .591 0.7 0.8 .889 0.8 2.7 3.5 1.7 0.6 0.2 1.0 1.6 8.2
Career NBA 58 2 17.6 3.0 6.3 .474 1.5 3.6 .415 1.5 2.8 .550 .591 0.7 0.8 .889 0.8 2.7 3.5 1.7 0.6 0.2 1.0 1.6 8.2
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2020.

Right now, 29 NBA teams are kicking themselves for not taking a shot on Terence Davis. He has given the Raptors incredible energy off the bench. All of the traits that made him a coveted football recruit can be seen on the NBA court. His athleticism is top-notch and he has good body control in the paint with tremendous leaping ability. Don’t be surprised to see him in a future dunk contest. Defensively, his 6’8” wingspan gives him the length to disrupt passing lanes and generate steals. He’s also an effective shooter from behind the arc. So far this season he’s shooting 41.5% on 3.6 attempts per game. Despite being an older prospect, Terence Davis has shown he deserves a place in the NBA.

Davis dropped 20 on the Nets in a 119-118 win on February 8th. Check out his highlights from that game:

 

Toronto is the perfect team for Terence Davis. Nick Nurse has quickly become one of the best coaches in the NBA and the organization has arguably the best talent development program in the league. There’s no reason to think the 22-year-old is done improving on his game, especially when he has the Raptors in his corner.

Collectors will want to keep an eye on how Davis is handled down the stretch. He’s currently getting some good run (23.1 minutes per game in February) due to injuries on the rest of the roster. When the playoffs come around, it will be interesting to see where Davis fits in the rotation. If Nurse trusts him in a 15-20 minute bench role in the playoffs that will be a very good sign.

Now is the time to add Davisrookie cards to your collection. As an undrafted rookie, he doesn’t have nearly as many cards as the rest of the 2019 rookie class. You can find him in his Ole Miss jersey in 2019 Contenders Draft Picks and 2019 Prizm Draft Picks. When it comes to NBA products, he has a “Signature Seriesautograph in 2019-20 Donruss Optic. If you’re looking for cards branded “RC” the only current offerings are from Panini Instant and Panini Player of the Day. Hopefully Panini can get him into one or more of their 2019-20 NBA trading card programs releasing later in the year.

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