Nearly two days after Spurs guard/forward Manu Ginobili announced his retirement, another NBA veteran announced their’s. Veteran forward David West announced his retirement from the game.
David West was a power forward out of Xavier University. He was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets (now the New Orleans Pelicans) in 2003. He was the 18th pick of that year’s draft. In other words, West is part of the arguably “legendary”2003 draft that featured Carmelo Anthony,LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. West stayed with the Hornets from 2003-2011.
West had a season (with the Hornets) in 2008-2009, where he had several career high averages. He averaged a career high 21.0 points, a career high 39.2 minutes per game, and he shot .884% from the free throw line. West became an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career that year.
West left the Hornets in 2011 and signed with the Indiana Pacers. He stayed with the Pacers for four years, before he signed with the San Antonio Spurs. He stayed there for a year before going to the Golden State Warriors, his final destination.
West was a key player off the Warriors bench. His veteran presence helped the Warriors become even better. He didn’t score much in his final two seasons (he averaged 4.6 points in 2016-2017 and 6.8 in 2017-2018), but he still contributed to the Warriors. David West won two championships while with the Warriors, his first championship being in 2016-2017. This was the first championship of his career.
David West had a solid,productive career. He was a competitor who played hard wherever he was (be it New Orleans, Indianapolis, San Antonio, or Oakland). Congrats to both him and Manu Ginobili on their careers. Enjoy retirement!