The longest tenured impact Hornet forward, David West, has been the face of New Orleans’ frontcourt since 2003, yet continues to receive minimal love from fans and pundits alike.
With career averages of 15.7 PPG and 7.2 RPG, West’s numbers are solid, yet unspectacular. His name, like his game, isn’t sexy but it’s effective. He’s nearly automatic from mid-range, and works a deadly pick-and-roll with Chris Paul to free him up for open jumpers.
He’s a fiery player, but those outside of New Orleans rarely see that. Combine that with the fact that he’s in the same division with forwards named Nowitzki, Duncan, McGrady, and Gay, and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.
In the 22 moderately successful years the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets have been in existence, they have had a myriad of game-changing point guards (Mugsey Bogues, Baron Davis, Chris Paul), as well as one of the most talented and passionate centers to ever grace the hardwood (Alonzo Mourning).
Yet, when you really sit down and take a long, hard look at the franchise, you’ll notice the forward position, which has featured a revolving door of All-Stars (mostly acquired through trades, not homegrown), is where the majority of the Hornets’ talent lies.
At 29, West is in the prime of his career, and for all we know he could wind up among the Alonzo’s, Baron’s, and Mugsey’s of Hornet lore. But for now, I think David is just happy being David.
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