There are only a handful of guys in the League today who are known almost universally by their nicknames: the Diesel, Mamba, the Answer, the Truth, and Boom Dizzle. Even though Baron Davis doesn’t boast the hardware (MVP’s and rings) that these guys have on display in their homes, Davis is one of the most recognizable stars in the game today.
His beard became an iconic symbol of the Bay Area – there’s even a Warriors blog called Fear the Beard (fearthebeard.org). The question is whether his celebrity is enough to push him over the edge into NBA superstardom. Neither Joe Johnson nor Chris Bosh had a majority of votes on either side – what’s the vote on Boom?
He’s hovered right around 20-and-8 for the last five years, and sent the League into a frenzy when the lovable Warriors trounced the top-seeded Mavs in that memorable first-round battle. Though we haven’t seen Baron crown anyone as badly since he spiked Andrei Kirilenko in the second round of those ’07 playoffs, he still plays with the flash that made him a fan favorite. Since joining the Clippers, we’ve seen Baron feed Al Thornton on the break with the same behind-the-head no-look dish a couple of times.
Even if the Warriors didn’t want to extend him into his early thirties, he’s still making the plays that he’s made since being at UCLA. However, is Baron’s star automatically demoted because his team wouldn’t pay top dollar to retain him?
Is Baron Davis a superstar?