Ok so this nba.com article gives us an insight into Davis' contribution to his last two teams:
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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU – Have the Knicks found their answer at point guard? Maybe, but we’re not going to find out right away.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that free agent Baron Davis, who was waived by the Cavs via the amnesty clause, has decided to sign with New York…
Terms of the deal with New York were not immediately available. It likewise remains to be seen how soon Davis will actually be able to play for the Knicks thanks to a back injury that the Cavaliers, upon releasing him, believed would sideline the former All-Star for 8-to-10 weeks.
The Knicks, though, chased Davis aggressively in spite of the injury, desperate to upgrade their backcourt to support the frontcourt duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire that was recently boosted by the arrival of Tyson Chandler to be the Knicks’ defensive anchor.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat also expressed strong interest in signing Davis, who was waived Wednesday night by the Cavs.
SI.com’s Sam Amick reports that Davis will be signed with the Knicks’ $2.5 million exception.
It’s a low-risk move by the Knicks, who are currently starting the erratic Toney Douglas at point guard. Davis’ health is (and will always be) a question mark. But both the Clippers and Cavaliers were much better offensively when he was in the game last season.
Team numbers with Davis on and off floor
On/Off Court MIN OffRtg DefRtg NetRtg
LAC on* 1269 106.9 107.9 -1.0
LAC off* 1576 98.8 106.8 -7.9
CLE on** 380 106.0 108.5 -2.4
CLE off** 825 98.3 105.4 -7.1
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
* = Before trade
** = After trade
Based on this information It's evident that Davis will lift the Knicks offense substantially. We have players who can score in abundance but we lacked someone who can use these players wisely. There are points in the game where lack of movement, good opposition defence and lack of motivation led to rash decisions on the side of Anthony and Stoudamire. Davis is the kind of player that can harness frustration, pick out a good pass, set the tempo and lead the team to making wise decisions more consistently. Two things stand out for me when glancing at these stats.
1. Davis makes the difference: Defensively his presence is not felt, however there is a sharp increase in the team's offensive productivity when he's on the court. He's got the brains and the skills to take this team to the next level.
2. Minutes: He had issues in Cleveland. If he can stay fit in New York, this team will gel, and gel fast. He suits the style of play requested by the coach, and - dare I say- he will be more of a fit to the team than Billups was.
Overall; good pick I say.