Brad Davis

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Bradley Ernest Davis
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Position: Point Guard, Shooting Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
Nationality: American
Born: 12/17/1955
Birthplace: Monaca, Pennsylvania
Draft: 15th overall
Drafted By: L.A. Lakers
College: Maryland
NBA Career: 1977-1992
Mavs Tenure: 1980-1992

Brad Davis (born December 17, 1955 in Monaca, Pennsylvania) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on December 2, 1980 and played for the team until his retirement in 1992.

In college, Davis declared for the draft following his junior year at Maryland. He helped the Terrapins to a 65-19 record during his three years at Maryland, where he averaged 12.2 points a game and shot 54 percent from the field.

Davis, who played three seasons prior to coming to the Mavericks, was drafted in the first-round of the 1977 NBA Draft (15th overall) out of Maryland by the Los Angeles Lakers. After one season Davis was waived by LA and then signed with Montana of the Western Basketball Association. After he completed his contract with Montana, Davis signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers and was released eight months later. He then signed with the Anchorage Northern Knights of the Continental Basketball Association in October of 1979. The next season he signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz on Feb. 29, 1980. After completing his contract with the Jazz, he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons and was waived three months later.

Returning to Anchorage of the CBA prior to the 1980-1981 season, Davis had decided to play only until the spring term began at Cal-State Northridge where he wanted to go back and finish his degree. He had to be persuaded by Mavs assistant coach Bob Weiss, who also had spent time in the minor leagues, to sign with Dallas.

Davis finally found a place to call home when he signed a multi-year deal contract with the Mavericks on March 27, 1981 -- he would spend 12 seasons with Dallas.

Davis averaged more than ten points a game in his first five seasons with the Mavericks and also helped lead Dallas to five consecutive playoff appearances from 1984-1988, which included the organization's first Midwest Division title in 1987.

Teammate Derek Harper once called him the hardest working player in the NBA.

Although an average NBA player, his drive and love for the Dallas community made him an instant fan favorite. He was most notably active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and in 1990, Davis was honored at the Dallas All Sports Association banquet for his work in the community.

In April 1992, Davis retired after 15 NBA seasons as the final Maverick from the team's charter season. The same year, in November, Davis became the first Maverick to have his jersey retired when #15 was raised to the rafters of Reunion Arena -- his jersey now hangs in the American Airlines Center.

Davis still holds the team record (along with Michael Finley) for most consecutive three-point field goals with ten, accomplished in 1988 and led the Mavs in assists for the organization's first six seasons.

In 1993, Davis became an assistant coach under Dick Motta. At the same time, he also took a position as a color commentator for Mavericks television games and then later on the radio where he can still be heard.

He once had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB) as a second baseman and was a Texas Rangers season ticket holder while with the Mavs.

His older brother, Mickey, played five years in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and his younger brother played college basketball for Wake Forest. He and his wife, Kelli, still live in the Dallas area. He has a son, Michael, and daughters, Erin and Cara.