View Full Version : Dime Magazine Calls out NBA Players: #3 on the list Ricky Davis

07-23-2008, 08:16 PM
Source: Dimemag (http://dimemag.com/2008/07/the-loser-list-ricky-davis/)

Who are those players that perpetually find themselves catching more significant L’s than W’s? For the next couple weeks we’ll be calling them out one at a time:


Numbers: 28 years old, 10 NBA seasons, 14.3 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists.

Highest high: Back-to-back playoff appearances with the Celtics in ‘04 and ‘05, where Davis averaged 12.2 points.

Lowest low: March 16, 2003. With six seconds to go in a Cavs/Jazz game that was no longer in question, Ricky had 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in the box score. Trying to get the triple-double, he took an inbounds pass in the backcourt and intentionally missed a layup on the other team’s hoop to get that last rebound. It didn’t count. DeShawn Stevenson then fouled Ricky hard when he realized what had happened. After the game Jerry Sloan said, “This is not schoolyard basketball. Let him try to get it when the game means something. I was proud of DeShawn and I would have knocked him down harder. They can put me in jail for saying that, but that’s the way it is.”

History of losing“Ricky Buckets” was a headliner on two of the worst NBA teams of the decade. He was the leading scorer (20.6 ppg) and had his best statistical season with those ‘03 Cavs, who went 17-65. (Davis was a reserve the year before, when the Cavs won 29 games. When he became a starter, they got worse.) Then this past season, he was a starter for the 15-67 Miami Heat, the team’s second leading points-scorer behind Dwyane Wade. The two playoff appearances in ‘04 and ‘05 with Boston were the only times in Ricky’s career he’s been to the postseason. Since entering the League in ‘98, only three times has he finished the season with a team that went above .500, and he was a backup on all three of those teams. He has feuded with coaches and teammates throughout his career — it’s widely believed that the Cavs traded Ricky so he couldn’t “poison” rookie LeBron James any further, and it’s also been rumored that the Celtics got rid of him for trying to undermine Paul Pierce’s leadership. Once with Minnesota, he was suspended for leaving the bench and going back to the locker room after being taken out of the game. It should say something that on this summer’s free agent market, Davis is reportedly drawing little interest despite being a proven scorer in the League, someone who’s been relatively healthy over the years, and someone who won’t command a huge contract.

Will he ever be a winner?
Davis was at his best with the ‘05 Celtics, when he came off the bench for the Atlantic Division champs and averaged 16 points per game. If his ONLY role is to come in and get buckets with the second unit, and you’ve got a team of veteran leaders who are clearly better players and a strong coach who won’t put up with any shenanigans, Ricky can be a contributor to a good team. True to his nickname, the guy can put up numbers, and sometimes you just have to let him go and do his thing. But if he’s one of your top guys, or one who’s imparting wisdom on the youngsters, get used to being in the Lottery.

Here were the other guys mentioned:

Vince Carter (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=248848)
Gilbert Arenas (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=248970)

07-23-2008, 08:20 PM
He shouldn't be on the list, he isn't a superstar.

07-23-2008, 08:24 PM
lol not at all

07-23-2008, 08:43 PM
Ricky Davis a superstar?? LOL :D

Anyways, I thought T-Mac was gonna be the next guy...

fresh prince
07-23-2008, 09:06 PM
If you are what they say you are... a super star. Then have no fear..Cause Ricky's here..He's got corn rows he puts on a show uh oh oooooooooo!

07-23-2008, 09:10 PM
does anyone have a link to that video of ricky doing the "triple double" thing? I wanna see it.

07-23-2008, 09:15 PM
He shouldn't be on the list, he isn't a superstar.

I agree. And btw that triple dub was cheap.

07-23-2008, 09:17 PM
KG, Ray allen, and Paul Peirce would have been top 3 if they did this before last year.

07-23-2008, 09:24 PM
KG, Ray allen, and Paul Peirce would have been top 3 if they did this before last year.


now everyone is saying they're winners.

maybe I'm just bitter

07-23-2008, 09:36 PM
lmao @ ricky davis being a superstar

07-23-2008, 09:44 PM

07-23-2008, 09:47 PM
ricky davis is not a superstar

07-23-2008, 09:47 PM
wtf? x2

07-23-2008, 09:53 PM

07-23-2008, 09:56 PM
I don't see where it said he was a superstar, but I saw it said he was a loser.

07-23-2008, 09:57 PM

depends who you ask... If you ask Ricky... he's a god... (:smoking:)

if you ask the rest of the world...hes...well...Ricky Davis:(

07-23-2008, 10:02 PM
KG, Ray allen, and Paul Peirce would have been top 3 if they did this before last year.

Yeah because those three have had been playing on great teams their entire careers haha. Pierce took the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals when their second best player was Antoine Walker. KG brought the T-Wolves to the WCF when 34 year old Sam Cassell was the second best player. Ray Allen brought the Sonics to the Western Conference Semi's when Vlady Radmanovic was the third leading scorer on the team, and after watchin the Finals you should know how good he is. One can't win championships in basketball with only one main guy.

07-23-2008, 10:04 PM
I think they're just listing players who they feel are really underachieving, and in Ricky's case they would be right.

07-23-2008, 10:26 PM

i have no idea what the last few seconds are...

07-23-2008, 10:33 PM
im just waitin to see when tmac comes up on the list. thought he'll be number one.

07-23-2008, 10:40 PM

i have no idea what the last few seconds are...

lol get silly dance floor so silly ladies gonna feel me

07-23-2008, 10:47 PM
yeah i agree with mustang