Delonte West

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Delonte West
Position: Guard,
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Nationality: American
Born: 7/26/1983
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Draft: First Round
Drafted By: Boston
College: St. Josephs (PA)
NBA Career: 2001 - Present
Mavs Tenure: 2011 - 2012

Delonte West (born July 26, 1983 in Washington D.C.) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on December 13, 2011.

West, who atended high school in Greenbelt, Maryland, was named Washington Post All-Metro basketball Player-of-the-Year his senior season. That year made him attractive to several colleges and West opted for St Joseph's University in Pennsylvania where, for three consecutive seasons, West saw his playing time and scoring average rise. From 5.9 points-per-game and 17.0 minutes as a freshman to 18.9 ppg and 33.5 minutes as a junior, he teamed with future NBA star Jameer Nelson to lead the Hawks to a 27-0 regular season record and an Elite Eight appearance in the NBA Finals. After that success, West opted to forego his senior season and turn professional.

The Boston Celtics selected the 6.2 guard in the first round of the 2004 draft. In his rookie campaign, West was limited to only 39 games averaging 4.5 points in 13.0 minutes. By the next season, he had earned the confidence of coach Doc Rivers and in 71 games averaged 11.8 points while setting career-highs in minutes played (34.1) and assists (4.6). Following his third season in the league, where he set a career high averaging 12.2 points, West was traded along with Jeff Green and Wally Szczerbiak to the Seattle Supersonics for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.

West's stay in Seattle was short where, after averaging 6.8 points in 25 games, he was moved (as part of a three-team deal) along with Ben Wallace, Joe Smith and Wally Szczerbiak to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 21, 2008. He completed that season by helping the Cavs to the playoffs and was rewarded on September 12, 2008 with a 3-year, 12.7 million dollar deal. The deal proved worth it as West helped lead the Cavs to the playoffs in both of the next two seasons.

On July 26, 2010, it was time to move again as West, and teammate Sebastian Telfair, was traded to the Minnesota Trailblazers for Ryan Hollins, Ramon Sessions and a future draft pick. However, a week later the Wolves cut West who went on to sign a one-year free agent contract to return to the Boston Celtics where he averaged 5.6 points in 24 games again advancing to the playoffs.

Less than a week before the 2011-2012 season, West joined the Mavs where he is expected to backup starting point guard Jason Kidd. He got off to a hot start with the Mavs averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 assists in 22.7 minutes over the season's first 29 games. But he fractured his right ring finger mid-way though the year costing him significant time.

In 44 total games with Dallas, West averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists while proving himself a capable backup to Kidd. It was widely expected that after Kidd signed with the New York Knicks during the summer of 2012, West's role would become even more substantial during the 2012-2013 campaign. However West was suspended twice during the preseason for conduct detrimental to the team before being waived outright on October 29, 2012.