Ed Davis: I didn’t think Nets would make playoffs when I signed

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Ed Davis signed a one-year contract worth the full room exception with the Nets last summer. Brooklyn was coming off four straight losing seasons and was expected to struggle again.

Davis, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

“When I signed here in July, I didn’t think this was a playoff team, honestly,” Davis said of the Nets, who sit in the sixth playoff spot in the East as the league gets back to action following the All-Star break. “But when I got here and started to see players and how good guys were — and see coach, his philosophies and his schemes — my mindset changed.”

I love Davis’ honesty. Players sign with teams for many reasons – money, role, location, etc. Yet, they nearly always say winning was their priority.

Just because Davis thought the Nets would miss playoffs doesn’t mean he slacked off. He still showed the professionalism he has for years. He’s having a solid season as Brooklyn’s backup center.

The players around him – namely, D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris – have just come together better than expected.