The San Antonio Spurs open the 2015-16 NBA season Wednesday Night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and eyes are on the Spurs after the additions of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.
With a preseason under their belt that drew some questions, who on the Spurs must become the ‘X-Factor’ in leading this team to their 6th title?
Is it Tim Duncan or Tony Parker? Kawhi Leonard or Danny Green?
Spurs fans are lucky to see a roster that has the weapons as San Antonio. Anyone starter or member of the second unit could lead the offense on any given night. Taking a look at the makeup of the Spurs, you really can’t go wrong when choosing the X-factor, right?
For me, David West is the one.
Everyone who has followed the Spurs knows the team depends on their bench to keep them in games. Head coach Gregg Popovich and his staff have developed second unit into one of the league’s best.
With Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Kyle Andersen alongside West—on paper—San Antonio has a strong reserve corps once again.
West reminds me of Diaw, who with his big frame is not the fastest guy on the floor but knows how to use it to his advantage. Both players are big men who knows how to pass the ball and does it well. West hasn’t come off the bench in a long time, but he shouldn’t have much trouble adjusting to his new role.
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The former Indiana Pacers power forward can spread the floor and has an elite mid-range jumper that can stretch the defense and clear space on the blocks—especially if West is in a lineup with Aldridge or Duncan.
Last season, West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor. Though he probably won’t match those raw marks in 2015-16, West can assemble a season on the same per-36 minute pace.
As the team embarks on their chase for the sixth title in franchise history, West is a key component of the Spurs potentially raising another banner in the AT&T Center.