Expectations for David West in 2015-16

By George Middleton

Mar 23, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward

David West

(21) reacts to a foul call during a game against the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The signing of David West went quiet during the offseason. After landing LaMarcus Aldridge to a huge four-year deal, the Spurs signed West to a veteran’s minimum contract. The Spurs got quite the bargain as the 34-year old big would’ve gotten a lot more money on another team.

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West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists last season. It was West’s lowest scoring average since 2005. Despite being out of his prime, the two-time All-Star will be a terrific backup for Aldridge and Tim Duncan. However, West will have to adjust to a bench role for the first time since 2005.

The seasoned veteran brings many things to the table, such as experience. West is a 12-year veteran and he’s been involved in tons of playoff action. West has played 73 career playoff games. In the postseason he has career averages of 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

West will also bring toughness to the Spurs, which will only help Aldridge improve on banging inside the paint. Aldridge, like West possesses a lethal midrange jumper, but he can improve inside the paint, that’s where going up against the physical West in practices will pay off.

Coach Gregg Popovich tends to give Duncan games off, particularly second games of back-to-back sets. West will likely be asked to start these games and Aldridge will probably shift to center. The Spurs won’t lose too much, at least offensively, like in past seasons.

The acquisition of West is much larger than the price tag suggests and he will look to lead a deep Spurs bench. Look for West to put up similar numbers to last season.

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