Although a new challenge won’t be easy for Davis, being surrounded by experienced veterans and fathers will make the transition a little smoother for the 20-year-old. Bradley Bell, who recently gave birth to his third child with wife Kamiah Adams, understands double-duty all too well.
“Of course his life will be a whirlwind. It’s part of the conversations we have because I’m a father, so I understand what that’s like,” Beal said Friday at media day. “He’s a younger dad than me, so keeping the balance is going to be a lot for him. Being a starter, taking on that responsibility as a father and making sure he’s always available and having that time.
On the court, Davis continues to grow more comfortable as an NBA player. Wizards head to Japan. for two preseason contests against the Golden State Warriors. Leaving the summer league in July, Number 10 general election Averaged 8.3 points, 4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in Las Vegas, he was known to be unhappy, shooting just 27.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep before being sidelined after three games due to back tightness.
“It’s a winter league. “I’ll look at it because it’s time to get some experience,” Davis said. “I try not to think too much about it.”
Despite his disappointment, Davis sees summer league as an opportunity to learn and practice before the real games begin. He expressed the importance of reading and watching the game at a high level, especially as his athleticism progressed from college to adulthood.
Being able to figure out what’s there before the play actually happens and see what’s out there means I’m not stuck in the middle where I get the ball and I don’t know what to do. Davis said.
Learning from his experience in Vegas, Davis headed to Los Angeles for an open run with his Wizards teammates. There, his confidence and comfort grew as he put what he learned into practice, impressing his teammates with a talent that made him a lottery pick.
“I wasn’t very happy with the way I played in Summer League, so I didn’t put any pressure on myself going into LA,” Davis said. As he grew more comfortable, his teammates quickly noticed the rookie’s quickness and potential.
“I’m glad to see Johnny loosen up a little bit in LA,” second-year forward Corey Kispert said. “He seems to be playing like the kid we saw at Wisconsin. He’s coming into his own,” he said.
With a tight end behind him and new experiences under his belt, Davis will continue to adjust and learn as training camp rolls around. With such an experienced roster, Davis will have no shortage of wisdom and guidance in his corner.
“Everyone will give me their opinion, but so far there have been many Montes during the playoffs. [Morris] And Will [Barton]. [They] Just tell me not to think too much about it and just go out and be quiet,” Davis said. The preseason serves as an opportunity for the rookie to continue to develop.
“He can easily, gradually learn what to do,” Beal said. “But when we throw him in the fire, he’s always willing to accept that challenge, and that’s been the case for the last month and a half.” He is a willing student and very coachable.”
His teammates not only know his skills on the court, but they constantly remind him and build him up.
“My biggest thing is that he’s aggressive. Don’t shy away from anything. Every time, I say, ‘You’re here for a reason,'” he said. “Accept that.” Live in it. Know that you are here, but know that your work has only just begun.”