David West Deserves More Credit Than He Receives
The first thing most people want to talk about when it comes to the 2012-2013 NBA season for the Indiana Pacers is the emergence of Paul George as a star. That’s definitely deserved. George has been absolutely fantastic this season, especially considering the long absence of Danny Granger. However, all the focus on George causes a lot of people to overlook the great play of David West.
West leads the Pacers in Player Efficiency Rating at 20.27, the second-highest mark of his career. He’s near the top in almost every statistical category for Indiana, averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, three assists, one steal and 1.1 blocks per game so far this season. He also has the highest field-goal percentage on the team at 49.2 percent, an impressive mark considering that he takes the second-most attempts per game at 14.4.
When the Pacers have needed a bucket this season, they have been the best when they’ve looked for West, particularly in the pick-and-roll where he has been phenomenal this season. From setting a good, hard screen to making the right decision with the basketball, he has thrived in those situations.
On the other end of the floor, West has also been phenomenal, especially in comparison to his own numbers. For the season, he has outplayed his match-up in almost every regard. He has scored 9.1 more points, grabbed 0.4 rebounds per 48 minutes than his match-up and has forced his match-ups to have a paltry effective field goal percentage of 42.4 percent. He’s been a monster on both ends of the floor.
He deserves every bit of credit for what he’s been able to do this season. However, when people talk about George they should mention West as well. Offensively and defensively, night after night, West has been a stalwart for the Pacers and he deserves some notoriety for that.
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