Daggum! Roy Williams Called Out for Hiding Ed Davis From NBA GMs
Nothing's shocking about Heisler putting Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio and Jordan Hill at the top of his list, but the Tar Heel's Ed Davis checking in at fourth is kind of a bombshell. Unless, of course, you've watched a lot of Carolina games this year. Or maybe just saw him flash his freakishness during the Heels' win over LSU on Saturday.
The latter explains exactly why Heisler attaches this blurb to Davis' ranking: "No one talks about him now, which, as one GM said, 'is how Roy Williams wants it.'"
The truth of the matter is that right now, if the Tar Heels lose, they go home. The problem is that all season long, well, Davis has been better. And everyone's known it, too. Much like Marvin Williams, who never started a game at Carolina, Davis has been hidden, relatively, from NBA GMs and the casual viewing public by Roy's willingness to let him ride pine.
Only when it's most convenient does Williams bust him out -- a la Marvin during the team's championship run a few years back -- leading to a suppression of his statistics. Of course, just like Marvin, Davis is critical to the chances of the Tar Heels winning a championship, and might end up being the piece of the puzzle that can help make up for Ty Lawson's injured toe.
If that happens, there's a pretty good bet that Heisler's rankings end up being fairly accurate and Davis gets advised to take the money and run. But, hey, at least Roy tried. Oh, and he's got a five-star waiting to fill his spot anyway, so it's not like keeping Davis is worth sacrificing a shot at finally winning a national championship with his own players anyway.