Word is out about Boston’s core players wanting to add their own chapter to a Celtic legacy that is built on championships. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and now Rajon Rondo can do this if they win the 2010-11 championship. You can now add Glen "Big Baby" Davis to the list.
Glen is all of three going on four and he would like to celebrate it with another championship. As of today, the Celtics are riding a 13-game win streak and have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Baby is providing the offensive punch and defensive tenacity that has earned him the trust of the Celtic veterans. He has played a major role while averaging 16 PPG in the last seven games. He is learning to give the game what it needs and take coaching. Of course, like any baby he will say or do something that will remind you he still has more learning to do.
Nobody said it would be easy for Baby to take his first steps. In fact we all know that babies will teeter-totter and crash into things. They cry when they get frustrated but generally get over it in a hurry. Such is the life of the Celtics' sixth man.
He has taken so many charges that the league (first time in NBA history) is now keeping statistics on the league leaders. His rotundness helps him to absorb the pounding that he takes, but it is his ability to move his feet that warrants attention. Davis reminds me off the hippo in the classic Disney film Fantasia.
This characterization has the hippo dressed as a ballerina while executing a flawless ballet routine. He may not get style points, but his understanding of the Celtic schemes is the key to his and the second unit's success.
The talent was never in question, it is the maturity that has now caught up to that talent.
Davis could be a starter on half off the teams in the league. This revelation could either be an indictment of the NBA or a compliment to his immense talent. In his mind, he has always been a starter. Two years ago, he couldn’t understand why he didn’t get his big payday.
If there isn’t a lockout and he finishes the year with another championship ring, he will command top dollar. The Celtics have his “Bird Rights” and have the right of first refusal. They understand that he may opt for the money, but he is also a bargaining chip for them. Boston is reaping the benefits of Baby’s first full step on solid ground.