Novemeber 4, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) and shooting guard E
Very early into the 2012-2013 NBA season, Glen Davis and E’Twaun Moore have lead the Magic to a 2-0 start with both games decided by double-digits. These wins weren’t against pushovers either. The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns are expected to be playoff teams this year, and for Davis and Moore to play like they have in these two games is impressive.
Glen Davis spent his time in Boston with extremes of highs and lows. In his first few years with the Celtics he contributed a lot, whether he started or came off the bench. Unfortunately his lack of communication with Doc Rivers, and failure to listen to the coaching staff found Davis on a plane to Orlando before last season in the trade for Brandon Bass. Davis’ first year with the Magic was a bit rough, and being on a team that faced turmoil, not only on the court but off the court, the situation Davis was put in wasn’t a good one.
This season with Dwight Howard gone, and a new coaching staff, Davis now has a defined role. He’s become a leader, but more importantly, a scoring leader. A team without an all-star needs someone who can step up and develop into a great player. In two games, Davis seems to be the one player who is ready to carry the team. In Boston, being in the shadow behind the Big Three, I think he felt just like Tony Allen did, that he could do more. Seeing what he’s done so far, he’s ready to have the spotlight shown on him.
E’Twaun Moore is one guy who I wish all the best to. On the night he was drafted there were a lot of question marks about his game and how it could translate to the NBA. I remember hearing how he’s too small to be a true shooting guard and too good of a shooter to be playing at point guard. In the few games that he played in Boston, it’s obvious that he can do both, and his high IQ makes him fit as a point guard.
Being behind Ray Allen and Avery Bradley, Moore didn’t see many minutes, which is understandable. With his talent decaying on the bench, it was a shame to not see him play. There was one game in particular where Moore lead a comeback against the Magic. His 16 points kept Boston within striking distance, and then Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo took over.
So far in two games Glen Davis has averaged 25 points, scoring 29 on opening night. E’Twaun Moore, whose been getting the start at point guard for Jameer Nelson, is averaging 14 points per game. For both Davis and Moore, I hope they’ve found a home in Orlando. Davis contributed a lot in Boston, especially in 2010, and Moore deserves a shot and the playing time, which I think for the Magic will be very rewarding. Who knows, maybe by April Orlando will be in the playoff picture and prove all of us wrong for writing them off without Dwight Howard.