Terence Davis entered his third NBA season with high hopes after blossoming with the Kings at the end of the 2020-21 season. He signed a two-year contract in August to stay in Sacramento, hoping to be a big part of a team trying to end the franchise's 15-year playoff drought.
But in 15 games entering the Kings' contest against the LA Clippers at Golden 1 Center on Saturday night, Davis was averaging 7.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 15.4 minutes. All those numbers are down from the 27 games is played with Sacramento last season following trade from the Toronto Raptors in March.
An ankle injury cost Davis several games early in the second, but healthy and back in the lineup, he's starting to find a rhythm.
Davis scored a game-high 28 points in the Kings' 104-99 win over the Clippers on Saturday, and that comes on the heels of a 23-point performance in a win over the same Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Following the Kings' 10th win of the season, guard Tyrese Haliburton spoke to NBC Sports California's Morgan Ragan and Kenny Thomas about Davis' 28-point performance.
"TD haters. Where are they at?" Haliburton said with a wry smile. "Because I've seen a lot throughout the first quarter of the season. Just stay patient, man, just stay patient. He works so hard and he's such a good person, such a good teammate. We all want to see him succeed. So I hope everyone shuts up and just lets him go out there and play basketball because he's a really good player."
Davis went 9-of-16 from the field and 6-of-11 from 3-point range in the win, but it was the second half where he asserted himself. After scoring just five points in the first half, Davis came out on fire in the third quarter, hitting four of his six 3-pointers to finish with 13 points in the period. In the fourth, Davis added another 10 points to help seal the win.
With Harrison Barnes missing the last four games due to a sprained right foot, Davis is getting a chance to start, and over the last two games, he has thrived while helping the Kings pick up two big wins early in the season.
This is the Davis the Kings need if they are going to make a push for a playoff spot. Whether or not he can keep up this torrid stretch remains to be seen.