The Spurs made the splash of the summer, when they signed LaMarcus Aldridge to a four-year, $80 million contract. The move that went a bit unnoticed, was the signing of David West. The move can prove to be the difference, come playoff time. West brings experience and toughness to the Spurs.
Sep 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward forward David West (30) poses for a photo during Media Day at the training facilitie. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Signing West for under two million a year doesn’t even seem fair. West opted out of his $12.6 million player option with the Indiana Pacers. This means that the move to the Spurs will cost him at least $10 million per year.
West isn’t the same player he was about five years ago, when he made consecutive All-Star Game appearances (2008-09). Last season, West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. Despite not putting up the daily 20 points he once did, he’s still an effective midrange shooter with a high IQ.
There will be times West will be on the floor with Aldridge. When this happens, the Spurs will have two of the best midrange shooters in the league on the floor at the same time. West is an improving passer, which will help players like Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili off the Spurs bench.
West will bring a lot of playoff experience to the Spurs. The 35-year-old has played in 73 postseason games. West averages 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.
West sacrificed a lot of money to be on the Spurs, but at the end of the year, he can have the first ring of his career.