David West considered ‘ultimate OG’ in locker room of Warriors
According to Mark Medina of the Mercury News, the Warriors wanted to show their appreciation to West for his stellar defense, reliable midrange shooting and 15 years of knowledge as a veteran NBA player.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr considers West an “elder statesman” on the team, while All-Star forward Draymond Green refers to his teammate as “our ultimate OG.”
“He’s one of those guys that doesn’t speak unless it’s necessary. He understands when it’s necessary,” Kerr said. “He’s not doing it to hear himself talk. He’s not one of those guys. He’s doing it to impart some knowledge and wisdom. So he picks his spots wisely.”
West is also known to consistently communicate with the referees when he’s both on and off the court. What is his main reason for doing that?
“There’s a lot of violations that happen in a game. I want to make sure the referees hear us,” West explained.
Green says that when he happens to get into foul trouble during games, West is always one of his teammates who helps him calm down.
“He’s a guy that is going to keep your head cool,” Green said. “He’s a guy we’re always laughing with. He’s a lot of different things wrapped up in one person. It’s very interesting.”
At this stage in his career, West has been able to adjust well to a bench role with the Warriors. In 19 games this season as a reserve, West is averaging a respectable 6.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game in just 11.6 minutes of action per contest.