Baron Walter Louis Davis is an American former professional basketball player who is a studio analyst for the NBA on TNT. He is a 2-time NBA All-Star, made the All-NBA Third Team in 2004, and led the NBA in steals twice. He was drafted with the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Early Life & Career
Baron Davis was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the South Central area. With the encouragement of his grandmother and guardian, Lela Nicholson, he enrolled at the prestigious Crossroads School in Santa Monica. As a senior, he led his school team to the championship of the Beach Ball Classic tournament, receiving MVP honors and a spot on the All-Tournament team. In 1997, he was also chosen to play in the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game.
Facing offers from a number of top colleges, Davis ended up choosing UCLA as his school of choice. In 1998, he was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and in 1999, made the Third Team All-America. Over his two years at UCLA, Davis averaged 13.6 points and 5.1 assists.
In 1999, Davis was drafted with the third pick by the Charlotte Hornets. His NBA debut against the Orlando Magic saw him scoring nine points in a 100-86 victory. Later, the team lost to the 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. Greater success for Davis came in the following season, when he was able to increase his averages in points, assists, and steals. He led the Hornets into the playoffs, and swept the Miami Heat before being defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2001, at a game against the Bucks at the Bradley Center, Davis made the longest shot in NBA history at 89 feet, with 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter. For the following season, Davis averaged 18 points and 8.5 assists per game. Once again, he led the Hornets to the playoffs, but lost in the second round to the New Jersey Nets.
In 2002, the Hornets relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans. Although Davis had multiple injuries that limited his season, he still managed to lead the team back to the playoffs, losing this time to the 76ers. The next season, the team was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Heat.
In 2014, Davis wed Isabella Brewster, with whom he had two children. After splitting in 2017, Davis was seen dating actress Laura Dern.
On the business side of things, Davis created the Black Santa Company, which sells shirts, beanies, and a variety of holiday products. He also established the gaming company 5 Balloons Interactive with former EA Sports employee Sean O'Brien.
Baron Davis is an American professional basketball player who has a net worth of $60 million dollars.