Once a spry, dynamic point guard out of UCLA, 37-year-old Baron Davis is still searching for a way back into the NBA, according to Jesse Dougherty of the LA Times. After spending 13 seasons in the league with six different franchises, Davis has been out of the league since 2012, when he appeared in 29 games for the New York Knicks.
“Nah, I’m trying to get back to the NBA. The real thing,” said Davis to an older man who asked if he was returning to the D-League. B-Diddy suited up for the Delaware 87ers last spring and averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 assists in six games.
After being drafted 3rd overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1999 draft, Davis would have a very solid career in the association, averaging 16.1 points and 7.2 assists for his career while being selected to two All-Star games. In the midst of all his bouncing around, Davis was able to land on the All-NBA third team in 2004 and led the league in steals per game twice, 2004 (2.3) and 2007 (2.1).
With his 6-3, 210-pound, highly-athletic frame, Davis was always getting to the basket and overpowering small guards, and his finest moment in the league was made possible because of that ridiculous athleticism. Back in the 2006-07 season, as a member of the “We Believe” Warriors, B-Diddy threw down one of the nastiest poster dunks ever, and it happened to be on the Utah Jazz’s Andrei Kirilenko, one of the NBA’s top shot blockers.
That same Warriors team was nothing special, evidenced by their 42-40 record that season, but their upset of the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs is one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Davis was the series’ best player and finished the six-game stretch averaging 25 points on 54 percent shooting — 45.5 from three — and 5.7 assists.
In his downtime, Davis has been a regular at the Drew League in Los Angeles, a pro-am that’s considered to be one of the best in the world. Along with that, he’s been working out consistently, hoping that an NBA team invites him to training camp.
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