I have already copped to this being my favorite Sixers season of all time. And Brandon Davies was easily my most enjoyable player to watch during this season. Does that mean Brandon Davies is my favorite Sixer ever? We'll come back to that.
The 2013-14 Sixers
The 2013-14 Sixers
Brandon Davies played 51 games this season, all in the NBA, all for the Sixers. In an organization where 28 players came and mostly went, Davies was one of just six players who remained with, and played for, the team all year. While lesser-bodied players were given opportunities in fleeting ten day bunches or trips to the D-League, Davies remained steadfast in Philadelphia. You couldn't get rid of him. He was the most delightful yeast infection or a kid with a spectacular zit on prom night that won't leave his room. In explaining my undying love for Davies to a member of the Sixers organization, I basically pleaded: "He just tries so hard!" But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself, let's back it up further.
Ser Brandon Davies signed with the Sixers just days before the season began, with the preceding reputation as "that mormon dude who had sex." Yes, back at BYU in 2011, Davies was suspended after having some pre-marital sexeroo with his girlfriend and diming on himself. We can only assume whether or not the Chad was great, but considering where we are now, I would say yes, yes it was. I had no idea then that this very man would become a sex symbol not just for the entire NBA, but for myself as well.
Because my experience watching Brandon Davies play for the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers nearly perfectly mirrors my experience having sex for the first time. Without getting too graphic, here it is in graphic form.
In a year where futility was king and attempting to do too much was served for lunch every day, Davies ruled. And he was fair and just and regal.
He'll get a training camp invite, but depending on how many picks the Sixers use, there may not be a roster spot for him. This could be the end of the run. The stats won't tell you the true story of what Davies did here. The casual fans sure as hell won't remember him. He'll be but a footnote on the bottom rung of the ladder towards Sixers Tyranny. It's up to us to carry on his legacy, live for him if not through him. The way he did, night in and night out.
And as Brandon Davies airballed the final shot of the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers season, ending his rookie year on the most emphatically perfect note, I couldn't help but recall that brisk November evening in a co-ed dorm room in Central Pennsylvania some years ago. He ran around trying to stick things places, he got a bit better, and he wore a headband.
So yeah, Brandon Davies is my favorite Sixer of all time.