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|Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis looks to take his game to the next level with the C’s this season. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com)|
Big things had to happen in order for the Celtics to acquire the services of Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis. On draft night, Celts GM Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on a trade that sent guard Delonte West, forward Wally Szczerbiak, and the No. 5 pick (Georgetown’s Jeff Green) to the Sonics for all-star guard Ray Allen and the 35th pick in the draft, LSU’s Glen Davis. Davis’s role on the Celtics took on new responsibilities when Ainge sent 5 players (Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, and Gerald Green) to the Timberwolves for superstar forward Kevin Garnett. Davis automatically moved up the depth chart with the departures of forwards Gomes and Jefferson.
“Big Baby” starred at LSU for three seasons, and before that he went to University High School in Baton Rouge, LA. There, he played basketball and football, dominating as a defensive lineman and running back. Some scouts say he could’ve easily pursued a career in the NFL due to his unbelievable strength and size (6’8″, 280 pounds). NBADraft.net’s profile of Davis labels him as built like “a tank,” which is highly unusual for NBA forwards. He is often compared to Heat center Shaquille O’Neal for his size and charismatic personality.
Scout Aran Smith notes on NBADraft.net that Davis has amazing strength to overpower most weaker opponents, but also has surprisingly quick feet to keep up with more agile ones. The quick feet can be attributed to his days as a defensive lineman and running back in high school. Davis also has the ability to knock down perimeter shots if he needs to ( He has an 18-foot shot-range).
Smith also notes that Davis’s size can hurt him as well. He does not block many shots because he has trouble getting high off the ground. As a result, he’s relatively flat-footed while shooting. His size also hurts him in transition defense, as he has a tough time keeping up with players running down the floor.
During three seasons at LSU, Davis averaged 16.7 points on 49.6% from the field, grabbing an average of 9.64 rebounds per game in 95 career college games. A second-team All-American in his sophomore season, Davis led the SEC in scoring (18.6) and rebounding (9.7). He also led the conference in rebounding (10.4) during his junior season.
NBADraft.net projects Davis to have a career similar to forward Rodney Rogers. Rogers played for the Celtics during the 2001-2002 season, helping the 49-33 C’s to the Eastern Conference Finals. During his career, Rogers was a player that provided muscle in the paint and also could shoot perimeter shots with accuracy.
I think that Davis has the tournament experience needed (2006 Final Four appearance) to contribute to the C’s earlier rather than later. This season, unless the Celtics sign another big man like P.J. Brown or Dikembe Mutumbo, Davis figures to be a backup forward on the second string, possibly accumulating 15 minutes per game during the regular season.
Projected stats for Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis for the 2007-2008 season:
(Key: MIN = minutes per game, PPG = points per game, RPG = rebounds per game, APG = assists per game, BPG = blocks per game)