Delonte West

Team Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
Born Jul 26, 1983
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 2008 - present
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 2007 - 2008
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 2004 - 2007

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.

West started a bit slowly in his first year with the Cavaliers as he played just 26 games in the regular season, scoring at 10.3 points per game with 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists as well as 1.1 steals per game. By the end of the season, West played 61 games, the remaining coming in the playoffs, where he started 31. In the end, he was averaging 8.3 points per game with 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.

In September of 2008, West extended his contract with the Cavaliers by signing a 3-year, $12.7 million deal and Mo Williams’ trade into the Cavaliers meant that he would be pushed back into the shooting guard position.

West was extremely influential on his way to the team attaining a league- and franchise-best record of 39-2 at home as well as winning 66 games overall. West led the team in minutes, at times, despite the presence of powerhouses like LeBron James in the side. West became extremely important to the team as opponents paid more attention to the likes of LeBron James, giving him space and time to pick his shots. Back-to-back losses in the West’s absence due to a broken wrist, was an indication of his importance to the side.

West was wonderful through the playoffs, scoring at almost 14 points per game although his 3-point shooting took a hit. West averaged almost 42 minutes a game as the bench was just not firing for the Cavaliers. Along with Williams, West was said to be responsible for the loss to the Magic after poor outside shooting let them down again and again. West was also asked to stop Hedo Turkoglu, a player who had a 7” advantage over him, just so that LeBron James could be freer in his roaming role.

Despite the height disadvantage, West was effective against Turkoglu but only at times. For the majority of the playoff series, Turkoglu took the Cavaliers’ defense apart with his height. Despite a shocking loss in the playoffs, West was named as one of those ‘untouchable’ players when it came to trades.

West is incredible off-court, especially when it comes to interviews where his humour has been the most noticeable feature of his style.

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