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Warriors’ David West trying to be ‘solid, steady’ at age 37

David West

Golden State Warriors veteran David West has been in the NBA so long that it’s easy to forget where he started his career and how many teams he has played for since then.

Last season, after years of waiting, he won a championship with the Warriors, and decided to try for another one this year at age 37. He is one of the oldest players in the entire NBA.

But even so, he has been remarkably efficient for his age, and was surprised when told just how efficient, per Mark Medina of the Mercury News.

David West is 37 years old and has been in the league for 15 seasons, but he’s somehow shooting a career-best 61.3 percent from the field. Even he was surprised when a reporter told him that number following the Warriors’ 122-105 win over San Antonio, in which he had 13 points on six-for-six shooting and four rebounds in 17 minutes of play off the bench. West said it’s all pretty simple — he knows where to shoot.

“I just try to be solid, be steady,” West said. “I know who I am. I’m not going to get outside of that and try to reinvent the wheel. I think that’s a great starting point.”

West certainly has been solid and steady this season, and it has been invaluable to the Warriors. While that team is made up of mostly veteran players who have won titles before, West still contributes his sage advice as an older man, helping the younger players with life questions in addition to anything basketball-related.

It remains to be seen if West’s efficiency will stay at its current rate. But anything close to what he’s producing will be that much more helpful in the playoffs.