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Glen “Big Baby” Davis was back for his second season in the NBA. Big Baby turned a lot of heads in filling the big shoes of Kevin Garnett for 16 regular season games, and the entire playoffs. Not only did Davis fill those shoes, he did it quite well, and is currently drawing a lot of attention on the free agent market for big men.
Davis started off the season in a similar role that he played most of his rookie season; he came in off the bench as a back-up power forward/center. However, when Kevin Garnett went down with his knee injury, and Leon Powe soon followed, Davis was asked to start games for the remainder of the season. During the regular season, Davis averaged 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game.
The playoffs is where Davis really turned heads. During the first round series against Chicago, Big Baby seemed unstoppable. He averaged 18.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. After he cooled off a bit in the Orlando series, Davis finished the playoffs averaging 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. Despite a down series against the Magic, Davis came up huge in Game 4 when he hit the game winning shot at the buzzer to bring the series tie the series at two games apiece.
Now in the off-season, Davis has drawn attention in free agency. The Celtics offered Davis a qualifying offer, enabling them to match any offer another team may send his way and bring him back to Boston. Currently, Davis is close to signing, but there are talks of a sign and trade deal that may send Davis away anyway.