Doug West

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Doug West
No. 5, 2
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1967-05-27) May 27, 1967 (age 47)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Altoona Area (Altoona, Pennsylvania)
College Villanova (1985–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 1989–2000
Career history
19891998 Minnesota Timberwolves
19982000 Vancouver Grizzlies
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,477 (9.6 ppg)
Rebounds 1,670 (2.5 rpg)
Assists 1,292 (1.9 apg)
Stats at

Jeffery Douglas "Doug" West (born May 27, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'7" (198 cm) shooting guard/small forward from Villanova University, West was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft. An athletic, well-rounded player who could score as well as defend, West became a regular starter for the Timberwolves during the 1991-92 NBA season, in which he averaged 14.0 points per game, appeared in the Gatorade Slam Dunk Championship, and earned Timberwolves' Defensive Player of the Year Honors. The following season, he averaged a career high 19.3 points per game, and in 1995, he broke Tony Campbell's team-record 4,888 points to become the Timberwolves' all-time leading scorer (a distinction now held by Kevin Garnett). West was an "original" Timberwolf, being drafted by the team in its first year of existence. He was the last of the original roster to remain on the team.

By the mid-1990s, injuries began to take their toll on West, and he was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies in exchange for Anthony Peeler after the 1997-98 NBA season. West provided a veteran presence for the struggling young Grizzlies, but he saw very limited playing time, and he finally retired from the NBA in 2001. He had tallied career totals of 6,477 points, 1,670 rebounds, and 1,292 assists.

In the late 1990s, West suffered from depression and alcoholism, for which he sought treatment.[1][2]

After the NBA, West spent two years coaching at a high school in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and two years as an athletic director at a high school in Wheeling, West Virginia. West was an assistant coach for the Duquesne University women's basketball team for one season. West was named an assistant coach for the Villanova Wildcats, replacing Ed Pinckney on October 5, 2007.[3] In 2012, West joined the coaching staff of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.[4]


  1. ^ by Britt Robson, February 25, 1998 - retrieved October 17, 2006
  2. ^ Daily Sports Capsule: 2/24/98
  3. ^ Former Wildcat West to assist Wright at 'Nova, Dana Pennett O'Neil,, October 2, 2007, retrieved October 2, 2007
  4. ^ West & Brase added to Vipers Coaching Staff

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