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Ricky Davis

Ricky Davis

Team Number: 31
Birth Date: 09/23/1979
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 226lbs.
Position: Guard
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Tyree Ricardo "Ricky" Davis was born September 23, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis attended North High School in Davenport, Iowa where he was a four year starter who immediately attracted recruiting attention. Davis spent his short college career at the University of Iowa where in 31 games Davis averaged 15.0 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Ricky set the Iowa freshmen scoring record with 464 points and led the Hawkeyes in scoring fourteen times and in rebounding on four occasions. After his one year at Iowa, Ricky Davis was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft, as the 21st pick overall.

Davis played two seasons with the Hornets before being traded to the Miami Heat in a massive nine-player trade in August 2000. Davis only played a total of seven games for the Heat, and was eventually sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team deal involving the Toronto Raptors a year later on October 26, 2001.

Davis' time with the Cleveland Cavaliers was a little rough and he quickly grew a reputation as a “showboater.” He was known for his fancy dunks and desire to set his own records at the expense of his team. With the Cavaliers, Ricky Davis became the first player to ever attempt and make a between-the-legs dunk during a NBA game. He also made a critical judgment error when in the closing seconds of a 2003 game against Utah, he was one rebound short of his first career triple-double. In an attempt to record that rebound, Ricky Davis attempted a shot at his own basket. Although he was fouled by DeShawn Stevenson before he could attempt the shot, Davis was subjected to widespread criticism and his negative reputation reached a new level.

On December 15, 2003 Davis was traded along with Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, and a second round draft pick to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Tony Battie, Eric Williams, and Kedrick Brown. With the Celtics, Davis played the position of shooting guard, as well as a forward on some occasions. Boston was criticized for acquiring him via trade due to Davis' reputation of selfishness, but he became a more consistent player and a fan-favorite in the city.

On January 26, 2006, Davis was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves with Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed, and two second round draft picks for Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi, Dwayne Jones and a first round draft pick. With the Timberwolves, Davis often plays second fiddle to the teams’ star, Kevin Garnett. As a local Midwestern boy, the Timberwolves fans have enjoyed watching Ricky Davis on the Target Center court and he often draws fans from his home state of Iowa.

Davis lists Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen as his favorite basketball players; both are worthy idols and were just as fun to watch as Davis can be. Ricky Davis is a formidable rebounder with a steady mid-range jump shot and a killer instinct to slam dunk the ball, all skills that can help the Timberwolves win tough games!

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