L.A. Clippers waive former BYU basketball star Brandon Davies

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  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Chris B, because "several years of sweeps over your team" doesn't work for you in this sport???

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Oct. 22, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    Davies - the primary reason? Davies could have helped Jimmer and company go further, but Jimmer was the primary reason BYU was considered for a #1 seed during Davies's sophomore season. Davies was a valuable player on his college teams. His combination of size and athleticism was pretty unique for the college level. Unfortunately not so much on the pro level. Its incredibly competitive for the NBA. there are 360 D-1 colleges and players only have to compete for college spots with those who are reasonably within their age range. Pros have to compete with people in their age range as well as multiple year veterans of the trade.

  • chris64 Chapel Hill, NC
    Oct. 22, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    I have to agree with everything that poyman wrote. In addition, I was there at the Portsmouth Tournament and Davies not only played well, he played smart. He passed the ball well, shot the ball well 15 feet and in, was a factor on the boards on both ends. He also carried himself extremely well and had a smile and handshake for every fan he came in contact with. He was an easy choice as MVP there.

    I also believe that he is better than Amundson now, and he certainly will grow to be much better than him in the future. He is exactly the kind of hard worker/solid citizen that every NBA team needs on the bench. I believe he has already improved since college, and he will improve more and work his way into the NBA. The Clippers are loaded and their decision on the 15th man is not exactly crucial to their success. But cutting Davies/keeping Amundson is still a mistake.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 22, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Davies was the primary reason that BYU was considered a #1 seed in the NCAA Playoffs his Sophomore season and it would have been fun to see what the Cougs would have done with him on the court... He was also the primary reason that BYU even made it into the NCAA Playoffs his junior year... And he was clearly the reason that BYU made it to the Final Four of the NIT last year... Double teamed nearly his entire senior year and he still averaged close to a double double with assists that were 3 X that of a normal Big in College Basketball...

    It didn't stop in college... He came out and showed well in the Senior All Star game and then went on to lead his Portsmouth Team to a Championship and win the MVP... He wasn't chosen in the draft but was immediately picked up by the Clippers for Summer League... then signed for Preseason... Yes, he was the last player waived by the Clips but in most people's minds he was superior to Amundsen whom the Clips Kept...

    He is a class guy, great player and will eventually play in the NBA.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Oct. 22, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    I think Chris B makes a good comment. I only saw BYU play a few times the last couple of games. Davies always seemed to be not very polished in his low post game, but he succeeded because he worked hard and was bigger or more athletic than a lot of the other players.

    Now in the NBA, he is not quite big enough or athletic enough to accomplish much relying on those factors, and his lack of polished post game or shooting now leaves him to be of marginal benefit.

    But seriously European stars can make pretty decent money.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    This can't surprise anyone.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 6:02 a.m.

    A player who has played basketball for years, all through high school, and 4 years of college, and who still is not a very good player, is not going to suddenly improve in the NBA. Davies played dumb, hurt the team by making stupid fouls game after game after game. He is a pretty good rebounder, but he can't shoot beyond about 12 feet, which is bizarre considering how long he has played. He has a weird shot that takes too long to get off. He had a good run at BYU, but he has no future in the NBA...not that I care about the NBA, but as a basketball player I know Davies doesn't have a lot of basketball talent.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    Not sure if the moderator will clear this one but let's try.

    @Chris B
    If your first sentence were true...Why are you on here commenting?
    We all want to know.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 21, 2013 8:51 p.m.

    The number of Ute fans who have turned on the "first to post" troll is getting close to the number of Coug fans who feel the same way. Her comments have absolutely no objectivity and are nothing more than rants, bitterness and obsession.

    Please continue to fight for your dreams Davies. You've overcome much more this little set back.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    Pray tell, resident troll, what basketball knowledge qualifications do you have to foresee Davie's future? This prognostication seems in line with your all-too predictable anti-anything BYU "mark it down" schtick.

    Most commentators, with actual basketball knowledge, labeled Brandon a fine player. He was slotted middle to late second round or free agent signee. He showed fairly well with the Clippers and bets are he will succeed wherever he goes based on what he has already dealt with. I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a roster elsewhere as teams solidify numbers at the end of preseason, and if he doesn't, he should set himself up for a comfortable living playing overseas.

    Best wishes Brandon, thanks for all the excitement on the court over the years!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Cougar fans ... as usual I suggest you ignore Chris B's comment.

    The truth is Davies is a talented player and will likely be given a shot by another NBA team. I'm not saying he will or won't stick at the NBA level, but this is one Ute fan that likes the guy and hopes he does.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Thank you for the prompt input Chris. Always good to get validation for the Y. Now I guess you can spend your energy cheering for the numerous Utes that got drafted into the NBA this year.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    I think most people who know anything about basketball saw this coming. Davies is an ok ball player, just not NBA material. He'll do just fine in Europe, and who knows, he very likely could end up playing alongside Jimmer rather shortly.

    Good luck Davies in Europe, or wherever you can land.