Taken with the 3rd pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, by the Charlotte Hornets, Baron Davis’s Rookie year was a bit of a learning curve. He played all 82 games but just saw a total of 18.6 minutes a game coming off the bench. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.8 assists a game. His second season however, Davis would start all 82 games putting up numbers of 13.8 points, 7.3 assists and 5 rebounds. From that moment on Baron Davis would become an excitement machine that had the NBA a buzz with his sensational style of basketball.
In just his 3rd season, Davis would become an All-Star for the Hornets, putting up sensational numbers of 18.1 points, 8.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He also participated in the 2001 Slam Dunk Contest that year. As a player Davis had great ball control and a strong core that allowed him to finish strong at the rim. He had a reasonable 3-point stroke as well shooting 32% across his career. Davis’s best scoring year for the Hornets came in 2004, where he put up 22.9 points a game, becoming an All-Star once again.
During the 2004/05 season Davis was traded to the Golden State Warriors, this move would help build the nucleus for one of the most exciting Warriors teams to watch. In particular the team dubbed ‘We Believe’ in 2007, I remember being one of the most exciting brands of basketball I’ve seen from an offensive standpoint. Davis was the general of that team which knocked off the number 1 seeded Mavericks in the Playoffs first round. Davis averaged 20.1 points and 8.1 assists that season, and threw down one of the most iconic dunks in NBA history.
Watch Davis’s dunk on Kirilenko here:
That Golden State team came and went, which saw Davis traded to the Clippers for the 2008/09 NBA season. Things in Los Angeles, just didn’t seem to click for Davis, he still put up some solid numbers and had some more flashy highlights to add to his reel, however the chemistry of the Clippers team just wasn’t there. He was then traded to Cleveland followed by New York over the course of the 2011/2012 seasons. Tragically Davis suffered a horrific knee injury whilst playing for the Knicks, which effectively ended his career at NBA level. Davis was a pleasure to watch on the basketball court and a true icon to the game.
Davis led the league in steals twice in 2004 and 2007.
Davis wore the numbers #1, #5 and #85 during his career.