Get to know Baron Davis
Before he embarks on a post-NBA career in Hollywood, Baron Davis will look to lead the Knicks deep in the 2011-12 postseason. Learn about the veteran point guard with these facts.
By Bobby Bonett
Baron Davis grew up with his grandparents, “Papa Luke” and “Madea,” in Los Angeles. Davis credits his grandfather with kickstartinghis career by building him a basketball court in the family’s backyard when he was 3.
Davis attended Crossroads (Calif.) High School on a scholarship. He was named a McDonald’s All-American and the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1997.
Davis helped form the Rising Stars of America foundation. The organization sponsors youth teams and basketball camps.
He won the 1997 High School Slam Dunk Contest as the smallest contestant. At the time, Davis was 6-2. (He’s now 6-3.)
Declaring for the NBA Draft after two seasons at UCLA, Davis averaged 13.6 points, 5.1 assists, and was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, then All-American third team as a sophomore.
Davis hit the longest shot in NBA history — an 89-footer against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2001 season.
Davis was a member of the U.S. national basketball team during the 2002 FIBA World Championships. In the first of several disappointing showings on the international stage, the U.S. finished sixth.
In 2007, Davis led the Golden State Warriors to one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history. The No. 8 Warriors (42-40) upset the 67-15 Mavericks in seven games in the first round, led by Davis’ 25 points per game.
Davis was traded from the Clippers along with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft during the 2010-11 season to the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving wound up being the selection.
Davis told “The Good Point” that he plans to pursue a career in film after he retires. According to IMDb, he has been credited as a producer in five films, and as an actor in two films — “The Forgotten” and “The Jungle Book 2.”