The Orlando Magic’s front court now rests on the broad, albeit slightly pudgy shoulders of Glen Davis. While a few years ago this might have been a laughable proposition, it would have been before his sensational postseason performance against the Indiana Pacers, where he looked like a mini Shaq-like powerhouse.
After all, averaging 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in a playoff series demands respect, even if your nickname is “Big Baby”.
Not to mention, he’s posted a staggering 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in only 27 minutes of play through the first thee games of the preseason. Night in and night out he’s slowing proving that his jaw-dropping playoff effort was anything but a fluke.
But perhaps the most exciting aspect of his production of late is the fact that according to Davis’ recentinterview with the Orlando Sentinel:
“I don’t feel like I’m where I need to be,” he said.
“In order to help this team make the playoffs, I need to play with more intensity. I need to finish shots. I need to be a complete player, not only on offense but defense, and I didn’t do that [against Philadelphia on Thursday]. I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and work extremely hard.”
These words should be beyond encouraging for Magic fans, as “not where I need to be” not longer pertains to his conditioning but instead allude to fact Davis will no longer settle for mediocrity. He’s playing the best basketball of his professional career and he’s still not content. This is the kind of mindset that will not only push Davis to the next level, but inspire the play of those around him.
So while this will undoubtedly be a season of adversity in Orlando, it will give Davis and his supporting cast an opportunity to continue pushing through their barriers and exploring beyond what they previously believed to be their best.