Terry Davis (basketball)
June 17, 1967 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Halifax County
(South Boston, Virginia)
|College||Virginia Union (1985–1989)|
|NBA draft||1989 / Undrafted|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||44, 43, 52|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Terry Raymond Davis (born June 17, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player who, at 6'10" and 225 lb, played as a power forward and center for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, and Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Like two similar players, Charles Oakley before him and Ben Wallace (also undrafted) after him, Davis attended Virginia Union University and made a name for himself as a hard-nosed defensive player and rebounder.
Virginia Union University
In college, Davis played for four seasons (from 1985 to 1989), in three of them as a starter, and averaged 22.3 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game in his senior season.
As a rookie (not drafted, started his NBA career as free agent) during the 1989–90 NBA season, Davis played in 63 games for the Heat—a team in its second season of existence in the NBA. In 1990–91, Davis played in fewer games (55) but had a higher scoring and rebounding average than he did in the previous season.
On August 6, 1991, Davis signed with the Mavericks and in his first season with the team, he ranked 15th among all NBA players that season when he grabbed 9.9 rebounds per game.
After a year away from the NBA, Davis resurfaced with the Washington Wizards in the 1997–98 season. It was with the Wizards that he gained the distinction of being the first player to score a basket at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center. In fact, he scored the first four points of the game that night.
After two continuous seasons with the Wizards, and another full season out of the NBA, Davis signed with the Nuggets for the 2000–01 season and played in just 21 games.
Terry's son, Ed, was ranked second in the class of 2008 by at least one recruiting service. He finished his college career at the University of North Carolina as a sophomore and was drafted 13th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.