Jan 25, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers forwardDavid West
(21) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic forwardChanning Frye
(8) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs have made headlines all summer, whether it’s from the huge signing of LaMarcus Aldridge or for the resigning of their current players. An acquisition that went under the radar is David West. Everyone knows who West is and what he can do, but with Aldridge heading to San Antonio, it wasn’t seen as a “big deal”.
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Well it is a big deal. West was a two-time NBA All-Star in 2008-09. The 34-year old big isn’t the same player he was in those seasons, but he is still a quality power forward. Last season, West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for the Indiana Pacers.
The Spurs somehow, someway got him at a veteran’s minimum contract. He will likely come off the bench with Tim Duncan and Aldridge starting. West will be a backup for the first time since 2005. He is still one of the more reliable midrange shooters and he will bring toughness off the Spurs bench.
A player that has career postseason averages of 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds will be on the Spurs second unit. His value isn’t just on the court it’s off the court for young Spurs like Leonard, Kyle Anderson, and Cady Lalanne.
With Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes gone, the Spurs will call on West to even play some center. West and Boris Diaw will asked to play both spots down low since the Spurs don’t have a true center that is ready to come off the bench. West will also be asked to possibly make some spot starts as the Spurs tend to give Duncan rest some games.
West was the best bargain signing of the summer without question and he will be asked to produce heavily off the bench.