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Baron Davis: Can He Lead Another Team Into The Playoffs?

Roy FryeContributor IIJune 24, 2016

Baron Davis was drafted 3rd overall in the 1999 NBA Draft out of UCLA by the Charlotte Hornets.

There he was playing in the shadow of Eddie Jones and David Wesley. However the following season, his role expanded as Eddie Jones was traded to the Miami Heat.

Davis helped his team to the playoffs many times during his tenure in Charlotte/New Orleans and got the Hornets to the second round a few times. His success earned him two all-star berths.

In 2004, David Wesley went to the Houston Rockets, losing another one of his mentors.  Davis had been plagued by injury and been unhappy with the Hornets. He was traded to the Warriors the following year.

In Golden State, Davis had a new beginnings. He became a mentor to the young Monta Ellis, just like David Wesley was for him. Baron Davis was confident that he could make this struggling Warriors team into championship contender.

Everybody laughed hard.

But with hard work and discipline, the Golden State Warriors clinched the 8th seed in 2007 playoffs. They were up against the heavily favored top seeded Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks were the favorite to win the championship, making the finals the year before and winning a high 67 games.

That’s when “We Believe” kicked in. The Golden State Warriors shocked the world by winning game 1 in Dallas. Once the Warriors were in Oakland, it was a whole different story.

Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson were spectacular. They electrified the crowds with their fantastic play and always had the crowd on their feet. Davis plan was falling into place. The Golden Warriors pulled off the biggest upset in NBA history in 6 games.

Although the Utah Jazz knocked them out in the next round, Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors had accomplished an amazing feat. Next year, the team went 48-34 just narrowly missing the playoffs in the “Wild, Wild West”.

Baron Davis decided to opt out of his contract with Golden State. He decided to go with his hometown team, the L.A Clippers. Going to a bad team was nothing new for Davis, as he had turned losing teams into contenders.

Having new young players now along his side, he is trying to lead this struggling Clipper team to the playoffs. It can be done, but it won’t be easy. His experience throughout his career will help him greatly through his quest for success.

Can Baron Davis lead another team into the playoffs? The answer is yes, but it will be unlikely to get the Clippers deep into the playoffs.

Yet again, Davis has beat the odds more than once.

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