Ahhh the Big Baby. I’m not usually a fan of a guy who screams and whines every time he’s touched, I figure this is about what he would sound like if miked up during a game. But if he’s not fouled or yelling at his teammates, he’s all goofy and smiley on the bench. “I was just kidding ref, I’m cool like a jelly beans on da bench!” After a solid start to the 2012-2013 season, Glen Davis hurt his shoulder, then later fractured his foot. Must have some big feet to support that bulk, but he reportedly only wears size 15 shoes, which is two sizes smaller than me, BOOM! You know what that means… Why Nick calls me the Big Biscuit, why Davis is Big Baby, and why Tehol won’t invite me to his professional functions.
Back to Davis, who was ballin’ with a career-high minutes, points, boards, well pretty much everything starting for the terrible Magic. Speaking of that, I have four Magic in my top 100, which seems a lot to invest in such a horrible team. But hey! Tobias Harris was my boyfriend last year, I love Nikola Vucevic and Jameer Nelson at 97 is, well, whatever. So let’s dig down and see why I like Big Baby at 81 and higher than most other rankings:
2012-13 Line: 15.1 Pts/7.2 Reb/2.1 Ast/0.9 Stl/0.6 Blk/6.3 FGM/0.0 3PTM/2.5 FTM
2012-13 %s: 44.8 FG%/0 3PT%/71.8 FT%
Not huge, but solid. And I know he only played 34 games last year, so it’s tough to say he would’ve done this the entire season.
That said, Big Baby was becoming the focal point of that offense along with Arron Afflalo and Nelson early in the year, before injuries and a huge revamp in the second half gave Harris the chance to emerge. Despite a huge increase in field goal attempts and makes, Davis tied his career-high last year (omitting his rookie season where he barely played and was 1.6-3.2 a night). In the Magic games I watched last year in the first half, Davis was constantly able to get it done, and barring health, which is a big bar – don’t tell Grey they serve daiquiris – I think can be the same solid player and improve a shade more.
If you look at cumulative stats for someone finishing around 81, my cumulative stats machine spits out a guy like Spencer Hawes and his 11/7 line with 1.4 blocks in 82 games. This of course omits per-game numbers, but if Big Baby were able to give you 70+ games at the numbers he put up last year, my ranking doesn’t sound quite as high. Despite the Big Baby nickname and the fact even casual NBA fans probably know him, he’s a very unsexy pick, but I think a pretty steady one if he can avoid the injuries. Of course, a big if.
Davis does enough of it all – he gets a few steals and a few blocks – will be a scorer, shoot a decent percentage, all around enough to be a quality guy picked in the 9th round. Yeah there’s no 3s in his game, but you should always ThrAGNOF! And there is a booboo with his FT shooting, but not enough to detract me from drafting him there. The Magic are a terrible team, but I think there’s fantasy goodness here. Whoever the Magic decide to take with their second pick might make things a little less optimistic for me, but I don’t think it’ll be a big man to take many, if any of Big Baby’s minutes.
2013-14 Proj: 15.6 Pts/6.9 Rebs/2.4 Asts/1.1 Stls/0.9 Blks/6.5 FGM/0.0 3PTM/2.6 FTM