|Posted by B-PAUL on October 15, 2009 at 9:39 PM|
Last year Glen "Big Baby" Davis had to step into a huge role towards the end of the year, and into the playoffs. He was asked to replace one of the greatest power forwards of all time, Kevin Garnett. Of course we didn't expect him to be KG, we expected him to come in and give us all he had, whatever that may be. He came in, and by most peoples standards, exceeded our expectations. There were many questions during the offseason whether Big Baby would return to the Celtics. Many people thought his exceptional play filling in for KG would result in a starting job somewhere else in the NBA. Luckily Danny threw enough money at this guy to keep him in green for atleast a few more years.
With the return of KG and the signing of Rasheed Wallace I questioned if there would be enough minutes available for BBD. Now that we have declared Rasheed as our backup center, that leaves Big Baby to get quality minutes off the bench replacing KG.
Alot of his success have to do with his maturity, and willingness to accept his role. If this was a younger Glen Davis we may be dealing with a few chemistry issues right now. Doc Rivers commented on the maturity of Big Baby coming into training camp.
Via The Boston Globe:
"I don't know if he's more motivated. He's more mature. All the young guys grow up, and I think they understand what you have to be to start camp and what you have to do to have a good season. Each year, guys learn stuff, and Baby each year has gotten better and better and more mature."
This maturity has showed so far during this preseason. He came into training camp looking much thinner, he knew that to help his team he had to lose weight to be more efficent.
So far Big Baby is averaging 10.6 PPG and averaging 22.0 minutes a game. He has been very consistent in coming in and filling his role, while not trying to be a superstar. This is exactly what we need from him off the bench, if he can come in every night and put up 8 to 10 points per game, hustle, and play good team defense then he will be a positive factor on the team. With a superstar caliber player playing in front of him, KG, we do not need a lot of point of the bench at that position. He just needs to continue hustling and grabbing tommy points like has done so far this season.