Baron Davis is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.
He was born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1979 and grew up in South Central with his grandmother, Madea. He is very involved in his community.
He founded the Rising Stars of America, which uses athletics to teach life skills through mentorship, ethical and social values and positive role modeling to young people. Davis also produced the documentary Crips and Bloods, Made in America, which was recently nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary. He screened the film for the United States Congress to encourage funding for programs that target at-risk youth.
Career Beginnings – High School and College Basketball
Davis began his basketball career playing for Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California. While there, he received several honors, including Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald’s All-American.
After graduating from high school, Davis enrolled at the University of California-Los Angeles where he majored in history. As a freshman, he averaged 11.7 points and 4 rebounds. He also averaged 5 assists per game, which was the highest on the team. These endeavors earned him the title of Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
He scored in the double figures 19 times, and three of those times he scored over 20 points.
In his sophomore season, he averaged 15.9 points per game and made an average of 3.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Because of his amazing 2.5 steals per game he ranks 10th in Bruin history in steals per game. These statistics earned him Third Team All-American honors from The Associated Press.
An eleven year veteran of the National Basketball Association, obviously has a long professional history. Therefore, this bio will focus on his most recent NBA achievements. In the 2009-10 season, he became third on the team in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game. He also has the team high in assists with nine per game.
This average also made him seventh in the NBA for assists. Further, he finished the season as one of only six players in the NBA to have a season average of at least 15 points and at least eight assists per game.
Further, he became the 49th player in NBA history to make 5000 career assists and recorded 18 double-doubles and one triple-double. In fact, it was that triple-double that made him the first Clipper since Elton Brand in 2003 to record a triple-double.