I have heard over and over this season that Baron Davis is unhappy. That he is "trapped" in Mike Dunleavy's system; he needs to be able to get out and run to be successful. Really? Is that the problem? It seems to me that point guard should be able to play basketball the right way. Run and gun "boom- dizzle" accomplished nothing more than an 8-seed in the playoffs and a first round upset over Dallas (from a matchup standpoint, that was the only playoff team in the west they could have beat) . I have watched Baron play since he was at UCLA. The guy is a tremendous talent. He does not need to play nellie ball to be a useful point guard. In fact, a point guard is supposed to be the dsitributor on a team, the guy who controls the tempo and makes good decisions. I personally think Baron is capable of doing this as well as anyone in the league if he wants to (the extra pass to Novak on the last play agains the Nets was... inspiring).
Furthermore, do people really think that any coach wouldn't want his team to run? Every basketball coach wants their team to push the ball and get easy buckets in transition. I promise you that Mike Dunleavy is not going to bench anyone for running a fast break. What Dunleavy probably doesn't want is for his team to run down the floor and chuck up 3 pointers in transition all game. He is the anti- Don Nelson, and for that we can all be thankful.
I am not suggesting that Mike Dunleavy is a perfect coach. In fact im sure I complain about him as much as anyone (probably more). The point im trying to make is that Baron Davis' play this season is not the result of Dunleavy's system. Baron Davis can do great things with the Clippers. The talent is there, but he needs to get himself into better shape and act as a leader on this team. Teams at every level respond to the effort of their best player. If he brings it every night, the Clippers will win a lot more basketball games. It starts on the defensive end. If he really wants to run, his team needs to start rebounding and forcing turnovers.
With Kobe and Lebron in the league, its going to be tough for anyone else to win an MVP, but Baron Davis could easily put himself in the running next year by leading the Clippers to a succesful season. All he has to do is play the way we all know he can.