Brandon Davies toiling but scoring little for 76ers

Sixers forward Brandon Davies. (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
Sixers forward Brandon Davies. (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
Posted: July 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS - Brandon Davies has spent countless hours working on a three-point shot and post moves while adding 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.

The 76ers power forward was supposed to display his new skills in the NBA Summer League. It hasn't happened.

Davies has struggled in Las Vegas. It could have something to do with his inability to relax.

"He puts more pressure on himself probably than anybody," said Sixers assistant coach Chad Iske, who coaches their summer-league squad. "It sounds maybe cliché or silly, but he tries too hard at times."

The 6-foot-10, 245-pounder was making 27.8 percent of his shots (5 for 18) heading into Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was averaging 6.3 points per game and had a total of nine rebounds in 62 minutes, 29 seconds.

"Guys are still trying to figure themselves out, myself included," Davies said of summer-league ball.

Luckily for him, he's not being judged based on his scoring average.

The Philadelphia native, who grew up in Utah, made the Sixers last season as an undrafted rookie by doing the things that typically don't show up in box scores. Davies played with energy, took charges, and came up with offensive rebounds.

That's why Iske isn't concerned that Davies' hard work in the gym had not translated into more points in the first three games.

"It won't be the first time you see a guy that's worked so hard at that and he comes in and struggles a little bit with it," he said. "But the thing for him is to not get too down on himself. Don't forget what got you in the league and what can keep you in the league."

The coach wants him to continue being an extra-energy guy who comes up with loose balls and takes charges.

"That's how he made his mark," Iske said. "And as long as he doesn't lose that, I think he still has a chance in this league."

Davies still wants to show that he has improved on both ends of the floor. He's also determined to prove that he can guard several positions.

"That's one of those things that will get you minutes - if you can guard," said Davies, a former Brigham Young player who averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Sixers last season. "So I'm trying to make sure I'm showcasing that and playing with high energy."

Sixers teammates K.J. McDaniels and Jordan McRae missed Wednesday's game with sprained ankles. Nerlens Noel sat out for precautionary reasons.


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