NBA Draft night for former Michigan State Spartans freshman big man Deyonta Davis did not go according to plan. Once upon a time, Davis was heralded by many as a potential lottery draft pick.
Unfortunately, as draft night approached, his stock began to gradually decline. But very few expected him to slip all the way to the second round, which is precisely what happened when the Boston Celtics drafted him No. 31 overall, then trading his rights to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The difference between drafted in the first round and second round in the NBA Draft is the amount of dough left on the table for prospects like Davis. However, he had no problems earning a guaranteed deal and it certainly did not take long.
On Sunday, Davis and the Grizzlies reportedly agreed to a three-year, guaranteed pact worth $4 million, according to The Vertical.
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The reported three-year deal is the richest contract for an American-born second-round draft pick in NBA history, a title that was formerly held by Rockets young big man and former Louisville standout Montrezl Harrell. The contract also allows Memphis to retain his bird rights, “leaving him with no restrictions on how much he could earn on a second deal while entering free agency one year earlier than if he had been selected in the first round.”
Davis has always had a prowess for being a rim protector on the defensive end and grabbing down rebounds on both sides of the floor. His offensive game is a work in progress but has a high ceiling. Perhaps the veteran leadership of current Grizzly and the only other Michigan State one-and-done freshman in program history, 34-year-old Zach Randolph, could help speed up the maturation process of Davis.