Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis’ return is nearing


Orlando Magic’s forward Glen Davis had a tough season last year. Davis suffered a shoulder injury in the middle of December and played for a few weeks before breaking his foot.

Davis’ exit in December left a void on the court that the Magic couldn’t overcome. Davis sprained his left shoulder on Dec. 19 against the Washington Wizards. At the time the Magic held a respectable 12-13 record and spirits were high. After Davis’ injury the Magic lost 20 straight games and would not win two consecutive games for the rest of the season.

Davis broke his left foot during the first quarter of the Magic’s game against the Knicks on Jan. 30, 2013. Davis underwent surgery to insert a screw to stabilize and repair his fifth metatarsal on Feb. 1, 2013. He underwent surgery again to replace the same screw in early July.

At the time of his foot injury Davis was averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and left the Magic shorthanded, especially on defense.

The Magic’s most successful line up (9-5 record) last season was Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Maurice Harkless, Davis and  Nik Vucevic.

In order to pick up the slack, the young guys stepped up their game. After Davis’ injury Vucevic started to pick up more double-doubles and even broke a franchise record of 29 rebounds (previously held by Shaquille O’Neal in 1993 with 28 rebounds.) Rookie Andrew Nicholson made his first NBA start in Davis’ place on Dec. 21 and saw a lot more playing time as a result.

Davis should be ready to go on Oct. 9 when the Magic play their first preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. While he might not be 100 percent he will be able to slowly transition back. Since Davis had a second surgery the Magic will most likely play it safe and start him off with a few minutes and work him up to significant minutes.

While Davis transitions back from the injury the power forward position will be covered by Tobias Harris who has become a fan favorite in his short time in Orlando. Andrew Nicholson and Jason Maxiell will most likely be Harris’ back ups.

In order to keep healthy and maintain a healthy weight ‘Big Baby‘ has transitioned into a vegan diet last spring. He also started swimming as part of his workout routine.

In 2011, the Magic and Davis agreed to a four-year contract for $25.7 million. Davis will enter his third year on his contract and is set to make $6.4 million this coming season. Davis will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

With plenty of power forwards on the roster it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Magic trade Davis before the trading deadline this season.