The Celtics enter Miami tomorrow night with two losses under their belt in eight games. They are playing fairly good basketball outside of a joke of a performance against the Cavs, and breakdown in the final minute against the Mavs.
One of the main reasons for the Celtics’ early season success has been the continued development of Glen “Big Baby” Davis. He is the sixth man on this team and has been playing starter’s minutes. With big men Shaq O’Neal (5 games missed) and Jermaine O’Neal (1.5 games missed) nursing injuries, Baby has been thrust into the role of major big man minutes and is up to over 30 MPG.
The minutes are much deserved, as the maturation of Davis is a beautiful one. The 6’9″ 289 pound Davis is doing it all in the early season. He is nailing the 17-foot jumper, finishing at the basket, and taking charge after charge on the defensive end (he already has 13).
Husky Davis is more polished and has certainly put in much time in the gym this off-season in what is the final year of a two-year deal. His jump shot is refined and he is hitting it at an almost unmaintainable rate. He is also wowing us with savvy post moves that are resulting in better shots around the rim and more importantly, less blocked attempts (as we have seen in past years).
His solid presence is making the nagging injuries to the O’Neal boys a moot point for the C’s. He is stepping up when needed and has been the one consistent player off of the bench thus far in the young NBA season. Even when Jermaine has been healthy, it has been Baby who has been finishing games with the Big Four; a true testament to Doc’s trust in the fourth year player.
Glen Davis is truly Boston’s sixth man. Lock him him up Danny, they don’t make many of them like him.