David West (basketball)
West with the New Orleans Hornets in 2011
|No. 21 – Indiana Pacers|
August 29, 1980 |
Teaneck, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school||Garner Magnet
(Garner, North Carolina)
Hargrave Military Academy
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans Hornets|
|2003–2011||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
David Moorer West (born August 29, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Xavier University where in 2003, he became the first Musketeer to ever win the AP Player of the Year.
High school and college career
West attended Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina and Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. As a senior in 1998–99, he earned first-team all-state honors playing for Hargrave.
In his sophomore season, West led Xavier in scoring (17.8 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg, tops in A-10 and fourth nationally) and blocks (2.1 bpg). He recorded five 20-point, 20-rebound games throughout the 2000–01 season as he earned his first A-10 Player of the Year award.
In his junior season, West was named the A-10 Player of the Year and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while also winning A-10 Tournament MVP honors. He averaged 9.8 rebounds (26th in nation) and 2.5 blocks (22nd in nation) per game, and recorded the first triple-double in school history with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Long Island University.
In his senior season, West garnered two of the five major college basketball Player of the Year honors, being named AP National Player of the Year and National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. He became the first three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, and was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press in 2002–03. In addition, he became just the third player in Xavier history to surpass 2,000 points and only the second to eclipse 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Tyrone Hill.
In October 2007, Sports Illustrated released Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book, which featured West on its NCAA All-Decade Team for the decade beginning in 2000. He was joined by Connecticut's Emeka Okafor and three Duke players, Jay Williams, J. J. Redick and Shane Battier.
New Orleans Hornets
West was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. After recording modest production in his first two seasons, in 2005–06, West enjoyed a breakthrough as he averaged 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds with a .512 FG% in 74 games. That year, he finished second in the voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, behind Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns. He also saw some time at center, due to the team's lack of a true big man and demonstrated an ability to perform under pressure, as he converted three game-winning jump shots.
In 2006–07, West ended the season averaging 18.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Despite missing 30 games due to an elbow injury, West recorded five games of 30 or more points and 13 games of 20 or more points.
West again increased his statistical production in 2007–08, and was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game as a reserve, along with teammate Chris Paul. Paul later stated that he would rather not play with a power forward in the league other than West, because "he's not in it for the spotlight, all he cares about is getting buckets [scoring]." West reinforced his desire to be a team player in a 2008 postseason interview, saying that he does not care about being overlooked but would rather focus on "play[ing] and be[ing] as effective as possible" when he is out on the court.
In 2008–09, West repeated as an all-star and posted a new career high by scoring 21.0 points per game.
On March 25, 2011, during one of the Hornets' last games of the season against the Utah Jazz, West came down awkwardly after a dunk. The event occurred with 22.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. West tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
On June 27, 2011, West opted out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent.
On January 12, 2013, West recorded his first career triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 96-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Awards and honors
- 2× NBA All-Star: 2008, 2009
- Three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year
- 2003 AP National Player of the Year
- 2003 National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association
- 2003 Pete Newell Big Man award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches
- First-team All-America by AP as a senior
- Second-team All-America by AP as a junior
- Honorable mention All-America by AP as a sophomore
- New Orleans Pelicans all-time leading scorer
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|2005–06||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||74||74||34.1||.512||.273||.843||7.4||1.2||.8||.9||17.1|
|2006–07||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||52||52||36.5||.476||.320||.824||8.2||2.2||.8||.7||18.3|
West is extremely interested in "black history, philosophy and various societal issues". He also loves to make mixtapes for his teammates, saying that it is a healthy habit that keeps him "in the house and off [his] feet".
West has a Xavier "X" tattooed on his arm which displays, on either side, "My life, my way".
- "David West Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
- "Phoenix's Boris Diaw Wins the 2005-06 NBA Most Improved Player Award". NBA.com. May 1, 2006. Retrieved May 2, 2006.
- Hornet Without the Buzz: an Interview With David West[dead link]
- Report: Hornets' West out for season with torn ACL
- New Orleans Hornets forward David West says he's opting out of final year of his contract
- David West, Pacers have 2-year deal
- Notebook: Pacers 96, Bobcats 88
- Pacers Re-Sign Free Agent David West
- Indiana Pacers re-sign David West
- 2003 Graduate David West Named To A Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team
- Mr. Clutch: West has become Hornets' go-to guy
- In the Lane with Licht: "Mr. Clutch" Beats Buzzer Again
- David West's wife Lesley West
- More Than Basketball: David West
- Five Questions with David West
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