“Big Baby” Get His Deal…For Now
The Celtics have held on to the services of Glen “Big Baby” Davis by way of a two-year contract worth $6.3 million total. Davis, who tested the market a bit, and whined on Twitter about the signing of Sheldon Williams a week ago, will be in green through 2011, and can become an unrestricted free-agent at that point. Is he worth it, though?
I’ll tell you one thing about Big Baby Davis. When I saw him play in person against Detroit, Doc Rivers called his number a ridiculous amount of times. And I’m pretty sure Big Baby can’t dunk unless he’s one-foot away from the rim. Actually, I’m sure of it. He’s not a premier athlete, although he’s massive. Nearly 290 pounds of man are stuffed in to his 6-foot-9 frame. During the regular season, Davis averaged just 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. In the playoffs, his point production doubled to 15.8 a game, while his rebounding improved to 5.6 boards. But he was not a dominant force against Dwight Howards, which is a big reason the Magic advanced past the Celtics.
Everyone’s pointing to his admirable showing the playoffs as a reason Big Baby deserves big money. But let’s be honest. Against the Chicago Bulls front-line, he averaged 18.1 points and 6.7 rebounds. Shouldn’t this guy, at his size and skill, be decimating teams that don’t have a proper front-court? Shouldn’t we be getting 25-15 out of this guy? We always talk about potential when a guy like Big Baby comes along. The truth is, after last season’s playoffs, I think we’ve seen his ceiling. And it’s not very high.
The Celtics are doing everything they can to instill a proper backup plan should Kevin Garnett’s knees not be up to par this coming season. They’ve signed Sheldon Williams, brought in Rasheed Wallace and resigned Big Baby but Leon Power might move to Cleveland after signing an offer sheet that Boston has not yet matched. For Big Baby, the move was to go long-term, because as team’s more towards being more financially frugal, there will be less money for role-players like Big Baby who can’t hack starter minutes. And, to be honest, I don’t think Big Baby will get much of a chance to shine in the next two years as he’s stuck being the mean Kendrick Perkins and the incredible Kevin Garnett.