Delonte Maurice West is a professional basketball player who plays as a shooting guard or a point guard, depending on how the team needs his services. West began his playing career at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School where he was one of the star players on the team. West was instrumental in taking the team to their first ever appearance in the Maryland 4A Championship game.
West was named as the Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year after scoring at 20.2 points for the season with 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists as well as 3.1 steals per game. His scoring was in double figures in all but one game during his entire senior year at school.
West would go on to attend St. Joseph’s University, which was said to have the best backcourt in the country at the time, with West in the side. Along with Jameer Nelson, West created a formidable partnership and went on to score at 18.9 points per game with 6.7 assists while shooting at 41% from behind the arc in his junior year. The Hawks went 27-1 in the regular season and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, finishing with a 30-2 record for the season.
After his junior year, West decided that it was time to play in the NBA and decided to declare for the 2004 NBA Draft. West was picked at 24th overall, by the Boston Celtics. His year, though, started with injuries and West only played 39 games that season, mostly off the bench. His average languished at 4.5 ppg with 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. In his rookie season, West made an important transition to the role of point guard and that meant that 2005-06 would begin with West as the starting point guard for the Celtics under coach Doc Rivers.
The following season, West improved with 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. He was picked on the sophomore team to play in the Rookie Challenge at the NBA All-Star weekend after replacing college teammate Jameer Nelson who got injured.
In 2006-07, West moved to the shooting guard position again but he was quite rusty to begin with. After being shifted back to his ball-handler role, West salvaged the season, somewhat, and also hit some crucial game-winning shots including a buzzer-beater against the Charlotte Bobcats as well as a game-tying 3-pointer against the New Jersey Nets, sending the game into overtime.
During the 2007 NBA Draft, West was traded out to the Seattle Supersonics where he went along with Jeff Green and Wally Szczerbiak in exchange for Ray Allen and Glen Davis. In February of 2008, along with Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Joe Smith, West made his way to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he teamed up with his high school teammate, Dwayne Jones.