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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

  1. James Redacted

    James Redacted says:
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    A PF with a terrible FG% for a guy that doesn’t shoot 3’s, and also hurts you in FT% = sad face. I think where you ranked him is near his ceiling in fantasy and I’d rather take someone else with more upside there. I do think he has a high floor though. He’s one of those players that if he’s on your team, you can’t bring yourself to drop because he produces but also don’t feel excited about having him (I would know, I owned him last year).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James Redacted: I woulda been happy with him until sad face injury! Yea I know I may be a bit too high, but I think he’s an unsexy across the board guy I like in a fantasy good/real life bad ORL.

  2. Fenris-77 says:
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    Nope, I don’t like it. I agree with James – I think you’re looking at pretty much his ceiling here. On the other hand Gortat ranked out at 78 last year playing pretty much at his floor. Or Thad Young ranking out at 31 last year after ranking 67th the year before. I don’t see how I take a serious look at Davis over either guy. Things only get worse if Orlando drafts a big who’s ready to play minutes. That said, those are the only bigs in you rankings below Davis that I have an issue with. I’d probably drop him down a round or two on my personal draft board.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenris-77: Well I kinda disagree it’s his ceiling as I barely moved up most stats and it was Davis’ first season being a focal point last year, but agree optimistic for sure. I mean, sure Gortat was close to his floor but losing Nash is nothing to ignore. Also, I have Gortat just 1 spot behind. Don’t think Orlando drafts a big, as I mentioned, I think they go Oladipo unless for some reason Cleveland skips on Noel. One round further down means we’re not far off, a lot of rankings have buried Davis. Thanks for the feedback guys!

  3. Fenris-77 says:
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    Yeah, I wasn’t taking huge issue with the general ranking, I just don’t like him quite that much. As far as his ceiling goes, he’s a 6th year player who just a career year in Reb% and Ast% while holding steady elsewhere. I don’t think there’s any reason to expect anything in the way of major statistical improvements. At that point what we’re really talking about is minutes for Davis, rather than skill set. I have no issue with Davis in the 80-100 range (shading to 100 but whatevs) provided his minutes remain unchallenged by a draft pick (somewhat unlikely) or a trade or free agent signing (perhaps more likely).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenris-77: Career highs in scoring, FGM, Blks, AST/TO ratio, and FG% besides rookie season as noted above too – but as you said it’s a lot more minutes over skill set, but since he shot well for him, which granted is exactly great, means he was handling a bigger load very well (not a fat joke). Also agree a free agent may be coming, but if I had to draft right now, I like this spot, of course adjustments will be made accordingly.

  4. James Redacted

    James Redacted says:
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    Welp, say goodbye to Vasquez in your top 50.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James Redacted: Well he may drop a tad but I think he’ll still start with Jrue and Gordon either a sixth man or gets moved. Still inning he’ll be solid.

  5. And1 says:
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    Hey JB!

    This is related to your early top 100 list. I didn’t see Ersan in there. Was that a mistake or are you not loving him this year?

    Good thoughts on Big Baby, I thought he was a sleeper last year and it seemed I was right until his injury came. Good stuff!

    So Ersan not a top 100 this year? I need to declare my 4 keepers in a league on the 14th of July. :(

    Lebron, Monta, Favors, & ?????? (Ersan, Jeff Green, Wes Matthews)

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