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David Moorer West (born August 29, 1980) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player on the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.

Though he was born and grew up in Teaneckmarker, New Jerseymarker, West went to high school at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolinamarker and at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginiamarker and won 1st Team All-State honors in North Carolinamarker.

College career

West attended and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohiomarker. There, he was a four-year starter on the basketball team. West was the first XU player to get his number retired while still playing for the Musketeers , in which he led Xavier to a top 10 national ranking and a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.West was named as a first team All-American his senior year and the 2003 Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year, averaged 20.1 ppg. and 11.8 rpg. as a senior while leading XU to its second straight 26–6 season. West led Xavier to 94 wins in his four seasons while finishing as Xavier's all-time blocked shot leader (228 blocks) and second on XU's all-time scoring (2,132 points) and rebounding (1,308 rebounds) lists. West was also named as the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year three years in a row. As a senior, he was selected as the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner, recognizing him as the nation's top senior men's basketball player.

In October 2007, Sports Illustrated released Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book, which featured West on its NCAA All-Decade Team for the decade, beginning in 2000. He was joined by Connecticutmarker's Emeka Okafor and three Dukemarker players, Jay Williams, J.J. Redick and Shane Battier.

Professional career

West was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round, eighteenth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. After recording modest production in his first two average seasons, in 2005–06 West enjoyed a breakthrough, averaging 17.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and .512 FG% in 74 games. That year, he finished second in the voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, behind Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns. He also saw some time at center, due to the team's lack of a true big man. That season he demonstrated an ability to perform under pressure, as he converted three game-winning jump shots.

In 2006–07, West ended the season averaging 18.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Despite missing 30 games due to an elbow injury, West managed to record five games of 30 or more points and 13 games of 20 or more points.

West again increased his statistical production in 2007–08, and was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game as a reserve, along with teammate Chris Paul. Paul later stated that he would rather not play with another power forward in the league other than West, because "he's not in it for the spotlight, all he cares about is getting buckets [scoring]." West reinforced his desire to be a team player in a recent postseason interview, saying that he doesn't care about being overlooked but would rather focus on "play[ing] and be[ing] as effective as possible" when he is out on the court.

In 2008–09 West repeated as an all-star and posted a new career high by scoring 21.0 points per game.

Player profile

At 6'9" and , West is a power forward. His game is fundamental for the most part, as he isn't known for being a flamboyant player. West is known for his explosive scoring capabilities, with his fine midrange game and threatening inside presence. He is also an effective rebounder and consistent on the defensive end. West is an above average ball handler for his size, capable of converting with either hand.

Awards and honors

  • NBA All-Star: 2008, 2009
  • Three-Time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year


Personal life

West is extremely interested in "black history [and culture], philosophy and various societal issues" and has been cited by Chris Paul as being the smartest New Orleans Hornets player.

West graduated from Xavier with a bachelor of arts degree in Communications. He is also an accomplished musician who plays the tuba. He and his wife, Lesley, have one daughter, Dasia.

West also loves to make mixtapes for his teammates, saying that it is a healthy habit that keeps him "in the house and off [his] feet".

West comes from a family of above-average height. His mother, Harriet, is tall (1.83 m), while his father, Amos, is 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m).

West has a Xavier "X" tattooed on his arm which displays, on either side, "My life, my way". His "DX" nickname is a combination of his "X" tattoo and the first letter of his first name, while he also claims to be the Hornets' "X-factor."

West is an avid video game player and lists Fight Night Round 3 as his favorite game.

West is a huge supporter for the Garner Road AAU team located in Garner, North Carolina.

West's favorite television shows are Everybody Loves Raymond and Martin.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2003–04
New Orleans
71 1 13.1 .474 .000 .713 4.2 .8 .4 .4 3.8
2004–05
New Orleans
30 8 18.4 .436 .400 .680 4.3 .8 .4 .5 6.2
2005–06
NO/Oklahoma City
74 74 34.1 .512 .273 .843 7.4 1.2 .8 .9 17.1
2006–07
NO/Oklahoma City
52 52 36.5 .476 .320 .824 8.2 2.2 .8 .7 18.3
2007–08
New Orleans
76 76 37.8 .482 .240 .850 8.9 2.3 .8 1.3 20.6
2008–09
New Orleans
76 76 39.2 .472 .240 .884 8.5 2.3 .6 .9 21.0
Career
379 287 31.0 .483 .269 .841 7.2 1.7 .7 .8 15.4
All-Star
2 0 15.0 .545 .000 .000 3.5 .5 .5 .0 6.0

Playoffs

2003–04
New Orleans
7 0 15.9 .536 .000 .846 4.3 1.1 .3 .6 5.9
2007–08
New Orleans
12 12 40.4 .466 .500 .891 8.5 2.8 1.1 1.9 21.2
2008–09
New Orleans
5 5 35.6 .400 .000 .897 7.4 1.2 1.0 .4 18.0
Career
24 17 32.3 .456 .500 .887 7.0 2.0 .8 1.2 16.0

See also



References

  1. FanHouse
  2. 2003 Graduate David West Named To A Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team :: West Was A Three-Time Atlantic 10 Conference Player Of The Year
  3. HORNETS: More Than Basketball: David West
  4. In the Lane with Licht: "Mr. Clutch" Beats Buzzer Again
  5. Five Questions with David West


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