Baron Davis had a successful NBA career playing 13 seasons — most of it with Charlotte and the Golden State Warriors. He appeared in two NBA All-Star games. Before his career ended in 2012, Davis began making preparations for life after basketball working on a variety of projects, including producing and directing commercials.
Since Davis retired, he’s built up a diverse portfolio working in television and film, including work with the NBA on TNT as well as creating and starring in his own TV show. In 2013, Davis appeared on a podcast and told a shocking story that left the listeners and show hosts stunned when he seriously claimed to be abducted by aliens.
Baron Davis is a two-time All-Star
The Charlotte Hornets selected Baron Davis with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft. After limited minutes his rookie season, Davis became a starter the following year and his production dramatically increased.
In his third year, Davis posted All-Star numbers – 18.1 points, 8.5 assists, 2.1 steals, and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He had his best season in 2003-04 when he averaged 22.9 points per game, 7.5 assists, and snatched an NBA-leading 2.4 steals per game. He also earned his second All-Star bid.
Baron Davis played part of the following season with the Hornets before he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. Davis played seven more seasons in the NBA, splitting time between the Warriors, the LA Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and his final stop with the New York Knicks.
He finished his career averaging 16.1 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
Baron Davis is successful in business
While Baron Davis was known for his skills on the basketball court, he was a driven businessman off of it. He was a serial entrepreneur and started early at age 20 when he launched a sports management company.
When he was still playing, he started multiple companies, including the launch of a platform while he played with the Warriors that was similar to match.com and paired inner-city kids with mentors.
Since retirement, Baron Davis has expanded his business interests. One of his main areas of focus has been acting. He’s a member of the Screen Actors Guild, earning his membership after appearing in movies such as The Cookout and guest-starring on the ABC Family show Lincoln Heights and ABC’s The Forgotten.
In 2019, Davis launched his own television show, WTF Baron Davis, which featured the two-time All-Star partnering with social media phenom BDot, in an unorthodox mentorship, where the two played foul-mouthed, eccentric versions of themselves.
He once claimed he was abducted by aliens
In 2013, Baron Davis appeared as a guest on The Champs Podcast and talked about his career. The NBA veteran then shocked the hosts with a story about how he had recently had an encounter with aliens. But it wasn’t just one where he saw them.
“I was on my way from Vegas here to L.A. I’m a little tired and s— and I see this light and I think it’s a big-ass truck. Then next thing you know, dude, like, I was in this f—— steel thing,” he said convincingly.
When the podcast hosts Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher pressed Davis on whether or not he was serious, he continued.
“They were poking me on my nose and they were, like, looking me in my eyes. They had my hands like, tied up and the next thing you know, I was f—— in Montebello, dude, burning rubber on the way back to L.A. It was like four o’clock in the morning.”
David said since the encounter, his mind felt sharper, and he was retaining information. Later in the interview, he said there would be a book coming out on his alien experience. When it ended, the listeners and show hosts were still uncertain if Baron Davis was making it all up.
Davis later took to Twitter and clarified his interview.
“That alien thing is a joke. @nealbrennan please help me. People are outside my house in black suits. #jk #meninblack”
Baron Davis has undoubtedly had some interesting experiences since retiring from basketball but being abducted by aliens isn’t one of them.