Born December 18, 1941 Jim Davis played in the NBA mainly as a Centre/Forward during their playing career, season(s): 1968-1975. James Robert Davis is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strips Garfield and U.S. Acres. Published since 1978, Garfield is one of the world's most widely syndicated comic strips. Davis's other comics work includes Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat and Mr. Potato Head.