Report: Warriors center David West retires from NBA after 15 seasons
West was a two-time All-Star and won two championships during his last two years with the Warriors, capping off a long career after being drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.
— David West (@D_West30) August 30, 2018
West spent the earlier part of his career crushing the pick-and-roll game with former teammate Chris Paul, becoming one of the deadliest point-guard-power-forward combo since John Stockton and Karl Malone.
While the duo of Steve Nash and Amaré Stoudemire flourish in their own right, Paul’s pick-and-roll game was a master class in all-around finesse, making the best of West’s mastery of the mid-range shot and his deft passing abilities.
The addition of Tyson Chandler into that frontcourt gave West’s game another dimension, making him an able passer as well as a bully on the block and a stud free-throw shooter.
West suffered a knee injury in 2011, which slowed down his career, as he transitioned into the Indiana Pacers for the next four years after eight seasons in The Big Easy.
A 2015-16 stint with the San Antonio Spurs fell short of a title, but the New Jersey native finished off his career with the Warriors, netting two titles before hanging them up.
Despite his age, West was a vital piece of the Warriors’ last two championships, providing defense, rebounding, shot-blocking and a pinch of scoring to go with his veteran leadership.
Surprisingly, West shot a career-best 57.1 percent from the field in his last season with the Warriors, sporting career averages of 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game through 15 illustrious seasons.