Antonio Davis played the power forward and center position during his time in the NBA. Throughout his career, he had success and understood his role as a role player in the teams he played for.
Davis was a second-round draft pick in the 1990 NBA draft. Before he came into the NBA, Davis spent time playing overseas for a few seasons.
Antonio Davis’ NBA career
The Indiana Pacers selected Davis in the second round of the 1990 NBA draft. Davis did not initially join the team after he was drafted. He chose to play professionally in Europe for a few seasons. Davis made his NBA debut in 1993 when he returned to the United States. He signed with the Pacers during the 1993-94 season as a free agent.
In his first season with the Pacers, Davis played in 81 games and averaged 7.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. Davis was a part of a successful Pacers team during his first year. The Pacers were one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. During the 1994 NBA playoffs, the Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and took on the New York Knicks. Despite a tough battle, the Pacers lost to the Knicks that year.
Davis spent six seasons playing in Indiana, and he averaged 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds during those years. After his career in Indiana, Davis was traded to the Toronto Raptors. Davis would become a starter in Toronto and saw his numbers increase. In his first season, he averaged 11.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. His numbers continued to increase in Toronto. The next season Davis was named to his first all-star game. He averaged a double-double for the first time in his career, averaging 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds. Davis took his game to another level in Toronto, and he continued to have success on teams that made it to the playoffs.
Antonio Davis’ final years in the NBA
Davis was traded to the Chicago Bulls after a successful campaign with the Raptors in which he averaged 12.9 points and 9.2 rebounds over six seasons. At that time in his career, Davis was a veteran who had a lot of experience playing in the postseason, and the Bulls had a young group of players.
During the 2004-05 season, Davis played an essential role for the Bulls, and he averaged 7.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. That season the Bulls advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1998. They played the Washington Wizards in the first round and lost to them in six games. During that series, Davis averaged 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Davis spent his final two seasons playing for the New York Knicks, and he returned to the Raptors, where he finished his career. He averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during his time in the NBA.
Antonio Davis’ career after playing
Throughout his career, Davis served as the former president of the NBA Players Association. He continued to be involved in basketball. In October of 2012, ESPN announced that they would hire Davis as a studio analyst for NBA games.
Davis continued to use his knowledge that he learned throughout his NBA career and uses it in the position he’s in now. He displayed a lot of leadership toward the end of his career and was a person that the younger players looked up to.