Tyler Davis, 24 years old and 2.08 meters tall, born in the United States but representing Puerto Rico at the national team level, was confirmed by the Mexican franchise as its first player for the season that will have him participating in the Showcase Cup of the G League between November and December. He has one game of NBA experience.
There are only a few days left to see the Capitanes of Mexico City on the court and this Friday the franchise that will represent its country and all Latin America in the G League playing the Showcase Cup presented its first addition: Tyler Davis, a pivot with Latin ancestry and NBA experience.
Davis, the player who started the presentation of the roster that will continue in the next few days, is 2.08 meters tall and 24 years old, although he already has a lot of experience as a professional. A native of San Jose, California, although based in Texas then (near Fort Worth, where Capitanes will be based during these months), Davis did three years of college basketball at Texas A&M becoming highlighted as one of the best players in the NCAA SEC conference in 2018.
After that, he jumped to the NBA Draft and was not chosen, but Oklahoma City Thunder signed him with a dual contract for the 2018-2019 season and on November 28, 2018, he made his debut in the best league in the world entering one minute against Cleveland Cavaliers, getting to collect an offensive rebound in his only NBA game. In that same campaign he was with the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League at an outstanding level: 17.2 points, 1.8 blocks, and 11.7 rebounds on average in 26.7 minutes per game (he played 15 games).
From there on his career was spent in Asia, playing first in the Chinese league and then in South Korea. He now joins Captains, coming directly from Jeounjo KCC Egis of the latter country, where he played 44 games in the 2021-22 season, averaging 14.2 points, 1.1 assists, and 9.7 rebounds.
"I am very excited to play with Capitanes this season. I thank Rodrigo Serratos, president of the team, and Nick Lagios, our general manager, for this opportunity. This season will be very exciting, our fans in Mexico and Latin America can expect the best from us. We are a good organization and we have one goal: to win and be competitive," Davis told the Capitanes official website. Davis is the son of a Puerto Rican mother and that is why he defends the Puerto Rican national team: he represented it in the 2017 Americup, with 20 years of age just turned 20.
What is the NBA G-League?
It is a league that promotes the development of young players who are no longer part of college basketball. This league could be described as a kind of Second Division, in which players with projection are trained to leap to the NBA. One of the examples of development is Mexican Juan Toscano, who after playing in Mexico and South America, tried his luck with the Santa Cruz Warriors, an affiliate team of the Golden State Warriors. After spending a couple of seasons in the affiliate, Toscano was promoted to the first team with a two-way contract, which allowed him to play with both teams until he finally signed a contract as an NBA player in 2021.