Last year, Glen "Big Baby" Davis had to step into a huge role towards the end of the year and into the playoffs. The Celtics asked him 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 was. He came in, and by most people's standards, exceeded expectations.
There were many questions during the offseason as to 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 Ainge threw enough money at this guy to keep him in green for at least 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.
A lot of his success has 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.
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