David West didn’t get to play in the NBA Finals and that factor alone is devastating for the Indiana Pacer standout who now goes into the offseason trying to think of ways of getting the title. He was so close this year, but realizes he wants to get the title, not just come close to it.
West did all that he could do and it almost put Indiana in the title round. He averaged 16.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists during the playoffs. He had 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists and averaged 36.3 minutes per game in the first round. But the series against the Miami Heat brought out the best in West, with 38.4 minutes, 16.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
He shot 46 percent for the playoffs from the floor and 76 percent from the free-throw line.What he did during the playoffs was close to what he did during the regular season, with 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
West brought excitement to Indiana fans that they haven’t seen in awhile. Indiana was indeed the king of basketball. But the Pacers still want that elusive title. They have seen what it takes and now they realize they need that little extra to go all the way.
Losing in the playoffs will gnaw at West during the offseason. For that reason, his regular season numbers will grow next year. He and the Pacers want that No. 1 seed so that if there is a Game 7 game again, it’s in Indiana. The Pacers have proven what they can do with home-court advantage.