Glen Davis (basketball)
Davis with the Magic in 2012
|No. 11 – Orlando Magic|
|League||National Basketball Association|
January 1, 1986 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||289 lb (131 kg)|
|High school||University Laboratory
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Ronald Glen Davis (born January 1, 1986) is an American professional basketball power forward with the Orlando Magic of National Basketball Association (NBA). Formerly a college basketball player with LSU, Davis was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 35th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and shortly after traded to Boston. Davis is listed at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), 289 lb (131 kg; 20.6 st). He is well known by his nickname Big Baby.
Davis prepped at University Lab School, a K-12 college prep school located on LSU's campus. The high school is known as U-High.
The Southeastern Conference's coaches voted him the 2006 SEC Player of the Year, and he was also named to the All-SEC first team. In 2006 as a sophomore, Davis led the Tigers to their first Final Four appearance since 1986. In the crucial game of the National Semifinals, LSU lost to UCLA, trailing by a wide margin in the first half and never managing a comeback. Davis scored 17 points and only made 4 out of 10 free throws before eventually fouling out.
On March 20, 2007, Davis held a press conference to announce that he would forgo his senior season at LSU and enter his name into the NBA Draft in 2007. He signed with agent John Hamilton of Performance Sports Management.
Davis was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 35th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. The rights to Davis were traded to the Boston Celtics along with Ray Allen for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the rights to the 5th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Jeff Green.
Davis was on the Celtics' 2007 summer league team. With the departures of Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, and Al Jefferson, Davis was expecting to see a lot of playing time his rookie season. Though he is primarily a power forward, Davis also spent some time playing as the team's backup center in the regular season.
After coming off the bench for the first 19 games of the season, Davis made his first NBA start against the Sacramento Kings on December 12, 2007, in place of injured center Kendrick Perkins. Playing at power forward with Kevin Garnett taking Perkins' place at center, he scored 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds as the Celtics won the game 90–78. His breakout performance took place against the Detroit Pistons on January 5, 2008, as he scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including the last basket of the game.
On March 21, 2009, Davis scored a then-career high 24 points against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Celtics 105–87 win in Memphis.
In the 2009 NBA Playoffs, Davis had significant playing time after injuries to Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe. In Game Four of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic, Davis made two key shots, including a buzzer beater, in the final seconds of the game to give the Celtics the 95–94 win over the Magic. After the shot, Davis accidentally jostled a twelve-year-old fan while running down the court in celebration. The boy's father complained to NBA and Celtics officials, but later retracted his demand for an apology. Davis apologized nevertheless, and said that, "I'm a big guy. Imagine if my emotions are going so wild, and if I'm running by somebody, I don’t feel them. If I've hurt anybody or if I’ve done any harm to anybody, please forgive me because my intentions were harmless."
On August 10, 2009, Davis signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Boston Celtics. On May 27, 2010, during the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic in Game 5, Glen Davis suffered a severe concussion when he got elbowed in the face by Dwight Howard.
On December 12, 2011, Davis was signed and traded to the Orlando Magic along with Von Wafer for Brandon Bass. On April 3, 2012, Davis scored a career high 31 points in a 95-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
On December 3, 2013, he recorded a career high 33 points, along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists, in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
In the summer of 2001, at only 15 years of age, Davis attended a basketball camp run by LSU alumnus and future Boston Celtic teammate Shaquille O'Neal on the campus of Louisiana State University. O'Neal challenged Davis to a friendly wrestling match, in which Davis lifted the 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m), 325 lb (147 kg; 23.2 st) center and body-slammed him to the ground. The encounter left a strong impression on O'Neal; ultimately, the incident helped Davis to get introduced to former LSU head coach Dale Brown.
His nickname is Big Baby, given to him at the age of 9 by a youth league coach. At 5'6", 160 pounds, he was too large to play pee-wee and played as a senior. He used to cry when playing with his older teammates, and his coach would tell him, "Stop crying, you big baby."
On December 21, 2008, Davis was injured in a car accident while driving to a game against the New York Knicks; he suffered a concussion and whiplash. In 2013 he adopted a vegan diet for health reasons.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "LSU's Glen Davis to enter NBA draft". Yahoo! Sports. 2007-03-20. Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
- "LSU's 'Big Baby' Davis going pro". Yahoo! Sports. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2007-03-20.[dead link]
- Not Playing Nice: Powe, Davis Enjoying a Battle of the Bigs Steve Bulpett, the Boston Herald, July 6, 2007
- Perkins says he injured toe when bed fell on it, AP, December 11, 2007
- Kendrick Perkins Versus His Bed
- Steve Bulpett, Baby, C’s hit home run, Boston Herald, December 13, 2007
- Davis has 16 points, nine rebounds to help Celtics beat Kings, The Canadian Press[dead link]
- Steve Bulpett, Oh, Baby, what a win, Boston Herald, January 6, 2008
- Peter May, Baby shows off his mature side, The Boston Globe, January 6, 2008
- Chad Finn, "Davis: 'I'm sorry if I hurt anyone'," Boston Globe, May 12, 2009.
- "Celtics Re-sign Glen Davis". NBA.com. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Magic Acquire Glen Davis and Von Wafer". NBA.com. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- Notebook: Sixers 126, Magic 125
- Patrick Parker, Shaq vs. Big Baby, ESPN.com, March 27, 2008.
- Steve Bulpett, Big 3 minus an important two, Boston Herald, January 30, 2008.
- Powe, Rondo answer call for Celtics; Heat's Wade, Haslem leave game, Associated Press, January 29, 2008.
- Cannizzaro, Mark (2006-03-20). "It's 'Big Baby', not 'Baby Shaq'". New York Post. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- Celtics' Glen Davis Injured in Accident SI.com, December 21, 2008
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Glen Davis ESPN profile
- Glen Davis LSU profile