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It's amazing to think of the talent that has jettisoned from New Orleans since Dell Demps and Monty Williams took over. David West was in reality the first to go.
Minus his first two seasons (2003-05), which were clearly an adjustment period for West from the college game at Xavier, West was one of the most consistent players in the NBA. During that stretch he ranged from 17.0 to 21 points per game, and never had less than 7.4 rebounds per game.
He always shot around 50 percent from the field, which is good for a player who shot so many mid-range jumpers. And he showed an ability to pass effectively, never averaging less than two assists per game.
From 2005-06 (when those statistics were registered) West combined with Chris Paul to make up one of the finest duos in the NBA. West was a two-time all star in New Orleans, but one who clearly benefited from Paul's presence.
Without him in 2012, West averaged just 12.8 points per game. That came one year after averaging nearly 19 points per game as the Hornets earned a surprising playoff bid in the 2010-11 season.
Still, West was one of the finest players to ever play in the city of New Orleans.
Without significant research, it seems fair to say that only two players would come in ahead of West--this list's No. 1 (no surprise who it is) and one of the most exciting players the NBA has ever known: "Pistol" Pete Maravich.