Doug West

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Doug West
Personal information
Born (1967-05-27) May 27, 1967 (age 50)
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
Playing career 1989–2001
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 5, 2
Career history
19891998 Minnesota Timberwolves
19982001 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 6'6" (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 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.

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.

During the 1993 offseason, the Timberwolves made shooting guard Isaiah Rider their first round draft pick and made him the starter at the position. West was moved to small forward, where his numbers declined significantly. 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). The following offseason, the team drafted Garnett, and West was moved to the bench, starting just 16 games. He returned to the starting lineup for the 1996-97 season when Rider was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, which would be his last season as a starter.

By the mid-1990s, injuries had begun 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]

On July 9, 2015, West was announced as the men's basketball head coach at Penn State Altoona. [5]

On May 20, 2016, West was announced as the boys basketball coach at his alma mater, Altoona Area High School. [6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-10-16.  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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  6. ^ Cawley, Alex (2016-05-21). "West introduced as Altoona Boys Hoops Coach". WEARECENTRALPA. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 

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