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One of the most lovable players on the Celtics, Glen “Big Baby” Davis has started his career off with a bang. No, he did not have outstanding numbers or Rookie of the Year recognition, but Glen Davis did make a “bang” everytime he fell into the crowd or onto photographers somewhere during a game.
The 6’9″, 289 lb. backup center had a pretty good start to his career and will look to continue to get better in the coming seasons.
Big Baby was a huge part of the Celtics early success. He came in to back up both Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett occasionally in the first half of the season. His minutes diminished as the season wore on with the emergence of Leon Powe off the bench. During the regular season, Davis averaged 4.5 points and 3 rebounds per game. He appeared in 69 of the Celtics’ 82 games and averaged 13.7 minutes per game.
Davis did not appear much in the playoffs due to the solid play of Leon Powe and P.J. Brown against the other playoff teams. Big Baby appeared in 17 games and averaged only 8.1 minutes per game. His other numbers suffered as well during the limited playing time. Davis only averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. He did have some finer moments though: I remember one instance when he basically played the point guard and dribbled the ball down to court for a dunk in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers.
Big Baby should have a better year next season, with P.J. Brown most likely gone. Davis is one of the few players remaining in the Boston area during the offseason to continue to practice and get ready.
I see Davis turning into a smaller (and lesser) version of Shaquille O’Neal. I remember when the Celtics played Phoenix, and Davis was assigned to guard Shaq. He’s not ready to guard Shaq-like player, but he will be one day.
Davis is a big guy that can get under the net and take control due to his size and I see him getting to do that more often in the future to help make him a star.