Ricky Davis

Drafted #21 in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Pelicans
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Position: SG
High School: North High School (Iowa)
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
College: Iowa
Current Team: Iowa
Win - Loss: 19 - 15


NBA Scouting Reports, Southeastern Division (Part 1)

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
May 06, 2008, 11:56 pm
Overview: An extremely explosive scorer who can put points on the board in bunches from the perimeter. Good size and strength for the shooting guard position. One of the most explosive players in the game. Very fast and effective in the open floor. Quite a showman when given the opportunity. Pretty good ball handler and passer, but gets careless at times. Has improved his jumper substantially since entering the League. Pretty good range now. Good rebounder at times. Capable of locking down on defense, but not consistent in that regard. Very quick hands on that side of the floor. Spent only one season at Iowa. Took a few years to develop on the NBA level for that reason. Broke out with the Cavaliers in his fifth year pro in 2003. Brings an attitude to the court. Very confident and plays with a swagger. More mature than he used to be, which was once one of the biggest knocks on him. Will be one of the top targets around the League in free agency this summer. Basketball IQ looks questionable at times. Doesn’t seem to know his limitations, and was labeled as a bad apple earlier in his career. Not very clutch. Has frequently found himself in losing situations.

Offense: A prolific scorer when he can touch the ball frequently. Gets about a third of his touches as a spot up shooter, but will also score a lot of point in transition and in one-on-one situations. Displays a compact shooting stroke that he has improved dramatically over time. Shows vastly improved footwork as well. Will knock down three pointers with good consistency. Good when spotting up or pulling up off the dribble. Capable ball handler. Likes to drive left to set up his jumper, but is effective attacking in either direction. Will make some highlight reel plays at the rim. Explodes to the rim when he gets a step. Impressive finisher. Will absorb contact and shoot a decent percentage at the line. Runs the floor well, and will get himself open by working off the ball. Will make some questionable decisions as a passer, but isn’t a bad drive and dish guy. Brings a lot to the table when he can have plays run for him with regularity. Shot-selection can be very questionable at times.

Defense: A mediocre defender who has shown that he can be a very good one when it matters. Has the lateral quickness and strength to effectively defend both wing positions. Can stay in front of his man when he wants to. Won’t close out hard when he isn’t focused. Decent rebounder for his position. Doesn’t have a lot of success defending taller opponents. Can really be a presence when he brings consistent intensity.