Today’s article is the third out of five stories I am doing this week, covering the starting lineup for the 2012-13 Indiana Pacers. On Monday, I covered center Roy Hibbert. Tuesday’s article covered point guard, George Hill. Now, the time has come to take a look at “O.G.” of the Indiana Pacers, David West.
West, the team’s starting power forward, is the most elder statesman on the Pacers roster. As he enters his tenth season in the NBA, David West finds himself as the “been there, done that” guy on a team of players who mostly have only a few seasons under their belt. As he begins his second season in a Pacers uniform, West will be able to use a full off season and a lockout-free training camp to help gel into his leadership position on this young team and with these young players.
West came to Indiana and immediately brought a change of attitude to the team. His tough demeanor and trademark scowl helped to add a bit of edge to an otherwise mellow roster. His experience and veteran presence permeated through the team, helping the Pacers reach the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2004.
West, a two-time NBA All-Star, also has the most post season experience of any player on the Pacers roster. Coming back from a ACL injury in 2011, West took a bit of time to get adjusted to being back on the court, when he first joined Indiana. By the time the post season came around, West looked like he literally had his legs under him again. West will be a free agent after this season, but the Pacers would benefit from re-signing the veteran, and letting him end his career in Indiana.