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Subbing in for injured center Kendrick Perkins, Glen “Big Baby” Davis made his first career NBA start. He shined in the role, scoring a career-high 16 points to go along with 9 rebounds as the Celtics beat the Kings, 90-78 (NBA.com Box Score), at the TD BankNorth Garden.
Most important among Big Baby’s stats were his 27 minutes and just 2 personal fouls. He can stay on the floor, play decent defense, and can avoid getting in foul trouble. Perk usually plays about 20 minutes per game with more fouls, but provides more quality defense. Both players have different styles, with Perk the better defensive player and Big Baby the better offensive player. It’s more important to have defense when playing with three prolific offensive players such as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.
Thus, I’m not saying that Big Baby should start but it’s good to know that the Celtics have player that can rebound and score like Big Baby to come off the bench. He’s probably one of the best offensive rebounders on the team. For example, last night in the Celtics’ win, Davis contributed 9 rebounds with a team-leading 5 offensive rebounds. He really knows how to throw his weight around down low.
He’s definitely undersized for an NBA center, but it made sense for him to play there against the Kings because they have a dearth of big men. Brad Miller is a 7-footer but plays more like a forward due to his sweet shot. I don’t think Davis would match up so well against Dwight Howard, Marcus Camby, or even Shaq.
Enough with the negative stuff…Big Baby has a great attitude about everything. He’s always positive and has a great personality. He also brings a lot of energy too like Kevin Garnett does on the court, which has to get the other players charged up. I just plain love the guy, OK? It’s like Tommy Heinsohn’s obsession with Walter McCarty. I LOVE BIG BABY!