Warriors superstar Kevin Durant calls David West the ‘perfect veteran’
In his 15th season in the NBA, veteran forward David West has seen his impact on the Golden State Warriors settled into a limited role off the bench.
However, teammate Kevin Durant voiced on Monday night that West has also provided a huge positive influence on the team as one of the grizzled veteran voices in the locker room, according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports.
Kevin Durant’s succinct description of David West: “Perfect veteran.”
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) December 12, 2017
West is in his second campaign with the team after helping the franchise win their second NBA title in the last three years. Although he isn’t the player he once was, the 37-year-old has fully embraced the increased leadership role despite the significantly decreased playing time.
That said, West has been able to make an impact on the court from time to time in his limited action. He showcased just that in Monday’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers scoring 10 points on an efficient 5-of-6 shooting with a pair of rebounds and a season-high four blocks in just 18 minutes played. This included an impressive dunk after a pump fake that got the whole Warriors’ bench riled up.
The bench after this David West dunk 😳pic.twitter.com/r4BU2iHUE8
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) December 12, 2017
In fact, West has been quite a productive player in limited action averaging 6.8 points on a career-high 66.4 percent from the field with 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest. He has also been a valuable rim protector registering blocks in 19 of the 26 games played while recording multiple swats eight times.
Although West is at the tail end of his career, he has shown ways to remain a impactful player both on the court and off it.