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Ed Davis Wants to Start for the Trail Blazers

With incumbent starter Noah Vonleh down with a shoulder injury, the power forward spot is wide open. One veteran says he intends to claim it.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers-Media Day Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports from Portland Trail Blazers Media Day, forward Ed Davis has been cleared by team doctors to resume 5-on-5 play. In his Media Day interview, Davis stated that his left shoulder feels great and he expects to participate in all basketball activities once training camp opens Tuesday.

Davis averaged 4.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 46 games last season before his season ended in March with surgery to repair his ailing shoulder. He said the plan this season is to set the tone right from the start, fighting to secure the starting power forward position.

With forward Noah Vonleh suffering a shoulder injury during an off-season scrimmage, Portland’s remaining forwards will angle for the starting position he formerly occupied, at least until his projected November return. Rookie Caleb Swanigan also stated a desire to compete for the spot during his Media Day interview.

The Blazers open the season versus the Phoenix Suns on October 18th.