Glen "Big Baby" Davis To Struggle With Limited RoleOctober 26, 2009
Glen Davis' performance in last year's playoffs against the Magic was legendary, and the image of him hitting the game winning jumper in game four will have an indelible place in the memory of Celtics fans everywhere.
In the absence of Kevin Garnett, Davis was arguably the Celtics best player and he did everything within his power to almost single-handedly will his team to the NBA Finals. He doubled his regular season production and he was quite simply a man amongst men.
His reward? The addition of veteran Rasheed Wallace and the young Shelden Williams in the offseason. The Celtics are now so deep in the frontcourt that Big Baby will likely only see the court for 15-20 minutes a night and will sit at least third on the depth chart behind Garnett and Wallace, and will fiercely battle with Williams for time.
The question now is how the third year power forward handle this reduced role after logging 30 minutes a night, and acting in such a pivotal role a mere four months ago.
He will now be forced to dust off his college post game and rebounding technique to see if he has the ability to withstand the grind as an undersized power forward in this crowded frontcourt.
Davis made himself available in the offseason for teams looking for a starting power forward, but either the money or the situation wasn't right, and he ended up resigning with the Celtics. Though you have to wonder now if he would have made a different decision had he known the challenges awaiting him this season.
With the return of Garnett and the addition of Wallace, Davis will now be expected to focus his efforts on becoming more of a rebounding presence, in-the-paint scorer, and defensive force. This might prove to be a difficult task for a man who made a name for himself in the playoffs through his jumpshot off the pick-and-roll.
I have serious doubts about whether Big Baby will be able to adjust to his new role on the Celtics, and even more doubts about what his future on this team will be.
I can't help but think that Davis might be rethinking that two year, $6 million extension he agreed to in the offseason.
Sure, he might be part of a great team this year, but the question remains whether he will be content with being a the third or fourth option off of the bench.
I suppose time will tell, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see Big Baby in a different uniform this time next year.