Davis selected UCLA as his school of choice, so that he could play in front of his family and friends. In 1998, Davis was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and made the Third Team All-America his sophomore year in 1999.
In Davis’ two years at UCLA, he averaged 13.6 points and 5.1 assists for the Bruins.
College Awards & Honors
- AP Third-team All-American (1999)
- First-team All-Pac-10 (1999)
- Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1998)
- Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (1998)
- Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
- UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (2016)
Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (1999–2005)
Davis was the third pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. In Davis’ first year, he backed up Eddie Jones and David Wesley, as the Hornets lost in the first round of the playoffs to the 76ers in four games.
The next season, Davis again started all 82 games while averaging 18 points and 8.5 assists per game. He was also selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. The Hornets made the playoffs with Davis for the third time in as many years.
In the summer of 2002, the Hornets relocated from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New Orleans. In the New Orleans Hornets‘ inaugural season, Davis suffered multiple injuries that limited him to just 50 games. He was still able to lead the Hornets back to the playoffs.The following season saw a similar result, injuries limited Davis to 67 games and the Hornets were ousted in the first round of the playoffs.
Golden State Warriors (2005–2008)
After two seasons in which the Warriors underachieved under coach Mike Montgomery, the Warriors hired former coach Don Nelson for the 2006–07 season. His high-scoring offensive system was designed to fit Davis’s up-tempo style. Although Davis suffered through knee soreness and underwent surgery during the season, he still led the Warriors to their first playoff appearance since 1994.
Steve Kerr, then television analyst, called Davis’ performance in the 2007 NBA Playoffs “outrageous…stunningly athletic and creative and explosive.” Davis’ playoff highlights included numerous acrobatic layups, a buzzer-beating half-court three-pointer, and a memorable dunk over Andrei Kirilenko. Davis averaged 25.3 points, 6.5 assists, 2.9 steals, and 4.5 rebounds per game in the 2007 Playoffs.
In the 2007–08 season the Warriors were narrowly edged out of playoff contention despite a record of 48–34 (led by Davis – who remained injury-free throughout the season – with averages of 21.8 PPG, 7.6 assists, 2.3 steals, 4.6 RPG), Los Angeles Clippers (2008–2011)
On July 10, 2008, Davis signed with the Clippers.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
On February 24, 2011, Davis was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers . This trade to Cleveland marked a reunion between Davis and former coach Byron Scott, to which Davis was quoted as saying “I know we’re together for a reason.
On December 14, 2011, the Cavaliers waived Davis .
New York Knicks (2011–2012)
On December 19, 2011, Davis signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks, choosing New York over the Lakers and Heat who also expressed interest in signing Davis. At the time of the signing, Davis had a herniated disk in his back.