Update: The Hawks have officially announced the signing of Deyonta Davis.
With Tyler Zeller’s 10-day contract expiring, the Atlanta Hawks were presumably on the hunt for additional frontcourt depth. The team does have a healthy stable of rotational options in John Collins, Alex Len and Dewayne Dedmon but, beyond that, injuries to Omari Spellman, Alex Poythress and Miles Plumlee take away insurance and, with that in mind, the Hawks have reportedly come to an agreement with 22-year-old big man Deyonta Davis on a 10-day pact.
The Atlanta Hawks are signing center Deyonta Davis of G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Davis, 22, has been one of the top big men in the G League this season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 19, 2019
Unlike Zeller, Davis fits into the mold of a potential contributor for the future, as the former No. 31 overall pick is a tremendous athlete that brings youth to the table. Prior to the 2016 draft, many expected the former Michigan State big man to be a first round pick but, after he slipped to the second round, Davis appeared in 98 games for the Memphis Grizzlies across two seasons.
He has not taken part in an NBA game during the 2018-19 season, but Davis is averaging 9.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 43 contests with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League. When extended out on a per-36 minute basis, his numbers would appear more impressive (15.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks) and it will be interesting to see if Atlanta extends Davis the opportunity for playing time during his 10-day stint.
As the team did with B.J. Johnson, the Hawks would have the opportunity to sign Davis to a second 10-day contract if the first one goes well but that is, of course, far from a given. In the past, Atlanta’s front office has focused its efforts in taking fliers on wing players in this kind of situation but, with the current setup of the roster, a big man arguably makes more sense and Davis has the youth and talent to make things intriguing.