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Glen "Big Baby" Davis Resigns with Celtics

Sports Betting News - August 10th, 2009 - Written by Bruce

The Boston Celtics have locked up one of their key players as they have signed Glen "Big Baby" Davis with a two year contract extension. Davis signed a two year contract worth six million dollars. He was reportedly offered a three year contract, but decided to turn down the third year so he could become an unrestricted free agent after the 2010-2011 NBA season. When Kevin Garnett got hurt last season, Davis played very well in his absence and solidified himself as a productive NBA player. After getting drafted with the 35th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, Davis has steadily improved over his first two NBA seasons leading up to this contract extension.

In college, Big Baby led LSU to their first final four appearance since 1986. He was only a sophomore that season and he was voted the 2006 SEC Player of the Year. In his first season in the NBA, Davis averaged only 4.5 points per game seeing limited playing time behind All Star Kevin Garnett. Boston went on to win the NBA title that season, and Davis became a favorite among his teammates. Last year, he came into his second NBA season with a slimmer more athletic look. He only averaged seven points per game during the regular season, but stepped up his play tremendously in the playoffs. Davis stepped up big for a Celtics team dealing with numerous injuries going into the playoffs. With Kevin Garnett unable to play due to injury, Davis became a starter for Boston. He made the most of his opportunity averaging nearly sixteen points per game. In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Glen Davis hit the game winning jumper to tie the series 2-2. The Celtics ended up losing that series to the Orlando Magic.

Along with re-signing Davis, the Celtics also recently signed free agent Sheldon Williams. The two of them, who are both 26 years old or younger, gives Boston some youth in their front court. Along with losing Kevin Garnett late in the season, Boston was also forced to play without Leon Powe and Brian Scalabrine for much of the playoffs last year. With both Williams and Davis joining the Celtics this season, Boston now has some depth with their big men. With the emergence of Rajon Rondo, Boston now has a cast of superstars with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. If they can all stay healthy this season, the Celtics have a great chance of returning to the NBA's elite once again.

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