In the Herald, Doc sets up a minutes competition between Big Baby and Shelden Williams:
As for how Davis will fit in, Rivers said, “We’ll see. He could help us clearly, but Shelden (Williams) is doing what he does. So it’s a competition. Glen has to come back and win that job.
“Shelden’s a better rebounder. They’re probably equal shooters. I think Baby’s ahead of him defensively, because he knows all the rotations and stuff. I think it’s good. There’ll be good competition when Baby comes back.
I would have laughed at this a month ago, and my hunch is that Doc is posturing here—Big Baby is clearly a better player than Williams, knows the system and should be playing 20 minutes a game. I still believe that. Williams has been a nice mini-revelation, but his game will never have the offensive polish of Baby’s. Baby’s hands and footwork are naturally better, and he is a much more effective finisher on screen/rolls.
But give Shelden a ton of credit. He’s working his ass off on the block, and he’s shooting the jumper better than he ever has in his career. His FG% on jumpers so far this season is 47.1, according to 82games; Shelden has never finished a season with an FG% on jumpers higher than 35 percent.
Obviously, this is a small sample size—limited minutes in 14 games.
Is it enough to warrant a true competition with Big Baby?