Top 5 former LSU basketball players in the NBA

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Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis (0) celebrates against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107 to take a 3-2 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Glen Davis, Los Angeles Clippers – Power Foward

Glen “Big Baby” Davis is the only former LSU Tiger in the NBA who has gone on to win a championship, and that alone is enough for him to land the No. 2 spot.

Although Davis was not a starter for the Celtics in 2008, he played a crucial role during the Celtics run through the playoffs and the NBA Finals. Davis, a rookie that season, would come off the bench in the second half and wear down opposing defenses late in games. His size and power helped him succeed down in the low post, as well as on the offensive boards. The Celtics’ “Big Three” (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen) still gets most of the credit for that championship, but Davis played an important role as well.

After four seasons with the Boston Celtics, he was traded to the Orlando Magic in December of 2011. He had the best season of his career in his first year with the Magic, averaging over 12 points and six rebounds per game.

Throughout his NBA career, Davis has been a controversial figure in the locker room and on the court, due to attitude problems with coaches and unfortunate string of injuries. Just last season, he had an argument on the court with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and was removed from the game.

Right now, it appears that Davis’ best days in the league are over, and it is unlikely that he will ever be the dominant force that he was with the Tigers at the NBA level. However, if he rehabs well during the offseason and improves his relationship Rivers, Davis can be a vital piece in helping the Clippers solve their championship puzzle.

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