Raptors guard Terence Davis named to All-Rookie Second Team

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Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis was named to the 2019-20 All-Rookie Second Team, the NBA announced on Tuesday.

Davis earned 30 votes for the first team, and an additional 36 nods for the second team for his contributions to the defending champions. The 23-year-old from Ole Miss made a team-high 72 appearances this season, and averaged 7.5 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting from the field and 38.8 percent from deep in just 16.8 minutes per game.

For the Raptors, this was yet another credit to their scouting department for unearthing yet another diamond in the rough. Davis went undrafted after turning down discount two-way offers by teams in the second round, and first latched on with the Denver Nuggets in summer league. But after just one standout performance with the Nuggets, the Raptors quickly moved to secure Davis on a two-year deal.

There were no expectations for Davis to contribute immediately, but his skillset proved valuable from the start of training camp. Davis’s jumper was much better than advertised, and was ready to step in at a moment’s notice. His first breakout performance came in an upset win over the Los Angeles Lakers, where Davis scored 13 points off the bench to help a shorthanded Raptors side overcome LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In that game, Davis made several key plays in the fourth quarter, including nailing a corner three right in front of the Lakers bench.

He went on to collect a handful of standout performances. Although Davis was inconsistent and not up to par defensively, Davis had a penchant for explosive offensive showings, including in an overtime win in Charlotte where he had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists while coming up with the game-saving stop, or against Chicago where he exploded for 31 points off the bench.

Davis becomes the first Raptor since Jonas Valanciunas to collect All-Rookie honors, and just the 11th player in franchise history to earn that honor.

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