The Boston Celtics have Doc Rivers back in the mix of things, but that may be all that Beantown has to look forward to staying the same in the 2011 NBA season. With the collapse that the Celtics suffered at the hands of Eastern Conference foes, the team might be looking at some major remodeling.
There are nine players facing terms of free agency when this whole Collective Bargaining Agreement nonsense is sorted out and some may be looking for a new team to call home. Glen “Big Baby” Davis seems like one of the greatest exit candidates.
Would it be conducive to Boston’s future for Davis to leave? Of course not. However, there are things that Big Baby must consider before extending his commitment with the Boston Celtics. He is 25 years old and definitely sits on Danny Ainge’s list of players to keep.
Davis is a rising big man with a wide portfolio of talent, including his infamous ability to take a charge and capitalize on an opponent’s offensive mistakes. He creates more possessions for his team every time he is on the court, although it took him a massive nervous breakdown to make that happen.
Glen Davis does not seem entirely happy with the situation he is in, however. The new additions to Boston do not give any foresight to the team’s success in the near future, and Davis would be desired in more than one place for his size and capabilities. Davis averaged four minutes per game in the Miami series and only about 18.6 minutes each bout.
Doc Rivers had a man in Glen that was accustomed to the offensive and defensive systems in Boston, yet he did not put him on the floor with the courage and trust that he had in the one-armed Rajon Rondo. Most of the playing time was designated due to constant changes in how Coach Rivers wanted to attack the Heat’s steadily flowing offense from both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Still, it seemed as if where Davis was once necessary in the success of the Celtics, he failed to succeed in River’s vision of a championship playoff scheme.
Thinking back to the first-round series against the New York Knicks, Davis was not really rewarded much playing time for his regular season efforts then either. He was not much of a factor in any of the series sweep games that Boston took over, only gracing double-digit scoring one time, with 14 points in Game 4. Davis’ biggest problem is that he does not have a defined role in the organization.
For one moment, he is their go-to big man. On the other hand, he is cited less and less as a factor in the team’s lineup. Kevin Garnett had a breakout game against the Miami Heat, but that one game was all he seemed to have in his bones. Big Baby was sitting on the bench in Game 4, watching as Garnett played for 41 minutes and could not contribute more than one field goal and seven points.
Doc Rivers requires a certain level of growth and maturity from his players that Glen does not always display. Therefore, the trust factor that would allow him to be a starter for the Celtics has yet to blossom.
Davis strives to be one of Boston’s leading men, but as long as Garnett, Pierce, Allen and Rondo are sitting pretty on the roster, he will not be that fifth man. Boston even dwelled heavily on Shaq’s return, while Davis once again sat in the background waiting on his name to be called.
Glen Davis can succeed in the NBA with another squad, but his time in Boston seems like it has come to an end. Where would Davis land if he decided that he no longer wanted to sport the Celtic's logo?
There are a few rosters that could use his size in the post. Miami, for one, does not have a true post player. Chris Bosh occasionally drifts out from under the basket for mid-range jumper opportunities and defensive confusion. Erick Dampier is an embarrassment to the position.
There has not been a single game of this season where he has lived up to what the team in South Beach was supposed to stand and strive for. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are Miami’s greatest defenders at the basket, but this takes away from their personal offensive gain, which ultimately contributes to the team’s excellence against great opponents in the east and west alike.
If they had Glen Davis, he would give the rest of the team an extended floor effort and spread the defense of those they stand against game after game. Davis would be thrust into a starting position along with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Mario Chalmers. It would be lethal to anyone who came across them.
It has yet to be seen what will happen in the months to come because of the lockout threatening game time in the 2011 season. Glen Davis is just one of the many installments of players who may not be showing their faces in the same town next year. That is the beauty of the game. Things rarely ever stay the same.