David West A Solid Option For Spurs

By George Middleton

David West has one thing on his mind: winning. That’s what the Spurs have been about for the last decade. West is a free-agent and there are reports that he is interested in the Spurs and Wizards.

West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists last year for the Indiana Pacers. With Tiago Splitter traded to the Atlanta Hawks to clear cap space, it is important that the Spurs sign a big man. If West was to sign with the Spurs, Tim Duncan will play a lot of center.

A combination of Duncan and West would be dangerous, as Duncan is at his best inside and West is one of the better midrange shooters in the league. West is also a good passer like Duncan, which will help players like Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.

The problem with signing West is that he isn’t a good defender. The 34-year old has lost a step as he isn’t the two-time all-star he was is 2008-09. Despite losing a step, West can strive as a role player on a contender like the Spurs.

West will also bring toughness and leadership to the Spurs. He can help mentor younger players like Kyle Anderson and Cady Lalanne. West knows what it’s like to play in the postseason, which will only boost the Spurs come playoff time. He has career averages of 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 73 playoff games.

Signing West will help the Spurs forget about the loss of Splitter.

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