This is the 10th in a series of profiles for all 15 players on the current Celtics roster. We’ll profile at least one player each day leading up to the season opener.
Glen Davis yelled after he scored a hoop, and was fouled on the play, against the Spurs. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Born: Jan. 1, 1986
Height: 6 feet 9 inches. Weight: 289
Years pro: 1
Acquired: Drafted No. 35 overall by Seattle in 2007 (rights traded to Celtics, along with Ray Allen, for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the rights to Jeff Green).
2008/2009 salary: $711,517
Signed through: 2008-2009
Last year’s numbers: 4.5 ppg, 0.4 apg, 3.0 rpg in 13.6 minutes
Strengths: Glen Davis knows how to use his body. That may seem obvious, but the second-year forward, who could have played football at LSU, pushes his weight around with the best of them. He uses his low center of gravity to carve out space, and the result is that he can flat out finish around the rim, even against players much taller than him.
Weaknesses: It’s a shock to no one that Davis has issues staying in shape. He came to training camp a little heavy, and Doc Rivers used that, and his perceived lack of effort in a preseason game against the 76ers, as a chance to publicly criticize Big Baby: “I didn’t think anybody played poorly,” Rivers told assembled media after the game. “Well, actually I did. I thought Baby played poorly, honestly. I thought he turned the ball over, was going too fast, didn’t set a lot of picks. So he’s got to have a better (stretch) from this point to the start of the season than he has from this point since the start of training camp.” The motivational tactic seems to have worked, as Davis saw more minutes the rest of the postseason. But even last night, Rivers said his “bigs” needed to get in the gym to get in better shape, even on the team’s off days this week.
What to expect: Davis and Leon Powe make up an energetic big-man tandem that must annoy the heck out of opponents. They’re both a handful. Davis needs to stay in shape, and he needs to stay motivated, because he’s got Powe and Bill Walker to compete with for minutes. But expect his minutes to increase to around 18 per game, and expect his scoring and rebounding to go up as well. It’s hard not to like the energy he brings to the club, and it appears he’s morphing into another one of Danny Ainge’s late-draft steals, a guy that can contribute on a winning team.
Check back tomorrow for another player profile, and give us your expectations for Davis in our comments section.