David West Reportedly Will Return to Warriors for Final Season

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 1, 2017

Golden State Warriors forward David West (3) gestures in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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After a successful first season with the Golden State Warriors, David West is reportedly going to do it again in 2017-18.        

On Saturday, David Aldridge of Turner Sports reported West's decision to return to the Warriors for his 15th and final NBA season. 

After leaving the Hornets franchise after the 2010-11 season, West spent four years with the Indiana Pacers. He has bounced around the last two years, playing for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16 and the Golden State Warriors last season. 

He remained a productive role player off the bench for the Warriors, averaging 13.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per 36 minutes, per Basketball Reference

Tom West of FanRag Sports highlighted another area in which West shone for the Warriors:

"His average of 2.2 assists in only 12.3 minutes per game is terrific. ... His career-high assist percentage of 23.8 jumps out, too, not to mention that he ranks fourth among all players averaging 17 minutes or less with 4.9 points created from assists per game. Even for a player that has the benefit of playing in Golden State, that's stellar impact for a backup big to have."

The Warriors were not built on size, so West offered a valuable service to the team. He was also able to capitalize on their success by winning his first NBA title in his first season with the franchise.

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West will be back to give the Warriors a presence in the paint they need. He adapted quickly to their uptempo style of play, fitting in nicely as a part-time player and helping an already-potent offense reach new heights that will continue next year. 


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