It’s been three years since Baron Davis played in an NBA game, but the two-time All-Star is ready to get back on the court. The point guard is looking to make a comeback, announcing his intentions to return to professional basketball in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
"This is the first time I'm going to put myself out there, I'm going to try out for some teams," Davis said.
Davis, 36, last played on May 6, 2012 for the New York Knicks in a playoff game against the Miami Heat. After battling injuries throughout his career, it appeared that a final injury in Game 4 against the Heat would end his time in the NBA for good. Davis fell to the ground during a fast break, tearing his right ACL and MCL, while suffering a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee.
Even if Davis is completely healthy, it could be difficult for him to make a return at his age. He made his NBA debut 16 years ago, and he’ll have to compete with maybe the deepest group of point guards in the league’s history. Of the top 17 scoring point guards last year, none were more than 30 years old.
No team would sign Davis thinking he would be his old self, but it’s possible that the time off could rejuvenate him, allowing him to be a reliable reserve. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 assists per game when he played just over 20 minutes per contest three years ago.
If Davis can make a comeback in his mid-30s after three years away from the game, he would be in rarefied air. Michael Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls in 1998, only to return as a member of the Washington Wizards in 2001. As a 39-year-old in his first season back, Jordan averaged 22.9 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting from the field.
Davis played with five different teams during his career, with most of his success coming with the Hornets and Golden State Warriors. He never averaged fewer than 17.9 points or 7.6 assists per game during his stint with the Warriors from 2004-2008.