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Glen “Big Baby” Davis Went From NBA Champion to Arrested in Maryland

Glen “Big Baby” Davis earned his nickname the moment he entered the world weighing 14 pounds. Since then, he’s made a name for himself for better or worse. The 6-foot-9 athlete weighed 289 pounds entering his 2007-2008 rookie season with the Boston Celtics. A champion in the making, perhaps.

Davis played for the Celtics during the storied Ray Allen/Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett “Big Three” era. However, he played just eight seasons in the NBA and found himself in hot water several times. The legal troubles ultimately led to his arrest in 2018. What exactly went wrong?

Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, the big baller

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Glen Davis grew up playing basketball in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In his senior year of high school, Rivals.com listed him as the No. 13 overall player in the nation and the No .3 power forward. He was also named a 2004 McDonald’s All-American.

Playing basketball at LSU was a no-brainer. During his career as a Tiger, Davis earned the SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-American. He also helped LSU make it to the 2006 NCAA Final Four tournament, the team’s first appearance in 20 years. 

Davis played three seasons at LSU before entering the 2007 draft. The Seattle Supersonics selected him as the 35th pick of the second round. But the Big Baby never wore a Sonics’ jersey. He was immediately traded to the Celtics, as part of the deal in which Ray Allen went to Boston, reports ESPN.

From a champion to unsigned

The 2007-08 Boston Celtics were a force of nature. Davis joined an elite class of players who won an NBA Championship in their rookie year. Boston beat the Lakers in six games. While Davis didn’t play much in the series, he was a key role player for the team. He averaged 13.6 minutes of playing time, scoring 4.5 points and three rebounds. 

Boston faced the Lakers again in the 2010 NBA Finals — one of 12 times the teams have met in the championship. This time the Celtics lost in Game 7. (Davis was a significant contributor in Game 6, putting up seven rebounds and six points.)

In December 2011, Davis was traded to the Orlando Magic, where he played for the next couple of years. The Big Baby’s career-best season was 2012-13 while he was in Orlando. He averaged over 15 points and seven rebounds per game.

Davis and the Magic mutually agreed on a contract buyout in February 2014. A few days later he signed with the Clippers, where he reunited with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. The reunion nearly didn’t happen, as Rivers all but quit days after accepting the position.

During his short tenure in LA, Davis averaged a mere four points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Following the 2014-15 season, he was an unrestricted free agent. An ankle surgery kept him from playing for several months. The Big Baby has not competed in the NBA since. But in late 2018, he signed with St. John’s Edge, reports NBLC Live, a team in Canada’s National Basketball League. 

Big trouble for Glen Davis

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A Maryland hotel owner called the police when he smelled marijuana coming from a room in February 2018. The room belonged to Glen Davis.  He was arrested with more than 126 grams of marijuana and $92,000 in cash. Then he was charged with seven counts of felony drug possession and distribution. A year later, Davis paid $15,000 in fines to have the charges dismissed and avoid going to jail. He faced up to five years in prison. 

In the midst of fighting the drug charges case, Davis found himself in trouble yet again. According to the LA Times, in April 2018, he was involved in an altercation outside a West Hollywood nightclub.

He pled no contest to a battery charge. The judge ordered him to pay $104, 479 in restitution and complete 320 hours of community service. If he completes the requirements by his sentencing hearing in December 2020, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.