Former two-time All-Star Baron Davis has not given up on his dream of returning to the NBA and is looking for an opportunity that does not include a stint in the NBA Developmental League.
Davis, 37, signed a D-League contract last January and eventually latched on with the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate squad. In six games for Delaware, Davis averaged 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. A former two-time steals champion, Davis remains active in the game.
Jesse Dougherty of The Los Angeles Times writes that after a recent game in the Drew League in Southern California, an older man asked Davis if another D-League campaign was in his future.
“Nah, I’m trying to get back to the NBA,” Davis said. “The real thing.”
Davis has not played in the NBA since his 29-game stint with the New York Knicks in 2011-12, averaging 6.1 points, 4.7 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 20.5 minutes per game. Before that, Davis spent 12 seasons with the Charlotte/News Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and Cleveland Cavaliers as a dynamic scorer and tenacious defender.
Before Stephen Curry was a two-time MVP, leading Golden State to two consecutive NBA Finals, Davis led the Warriors to the playoffs during the 2006-07 season as the No. 8 seed. He led the team to an upset over the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, making Golden State the first team to beat a No.1 seeded team since the first round changed from a five-game to a seven-game series.
After attending UCLA and playing for both the Warriors and Clippers, Davis’ ties to California run strong, especially with his work in the Drew League.
“It’s full circle. I came to The Drew with big dreams as a kid, and now I have a goal again,” Davis said. “I just feel like I have something left to give. When I don’t, I’ll hang it up and stay away for good. But right now there’s something there.”
Davis joins Metta World Peace and Stephen Jackson as veterans in search of an NBA opportunity this season.