Delonte West: Can The Return of the Dynamic Combo Guard Help The Boston Celtics?

Derrick MorrisContributor INovember 8, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 7: Delonte West #13 of the Boston Celtics sits on the side lines against the Indiana Pacers in Game seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at Fleet Center on May 7, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Pacers defeated the Celtics 97-70 to win the series four games to three. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Due to being charged on gun charges, Boston Celtics guard Delonte West, has had to sit out the first ten games of the season. The Celtics are a team that are on a roll and have advanced to a 6-1 record with their recent win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

West only has to sit out three more games until he can come back and help the Celtics keep their run going towards the NBA playoffs. As a player West brings loads of talent to the table. He is a tough and gritty defender, who won’t let his man get the best of him; he is capable of running the point and has the ability to score at the shooting guard position.

West, who was drafted by the Celtics in 2004, was traded away to Seattle in a deal that brought in Ray Allen to the Celtics and formed the big three. At the time of the trade, West was an up and coming player who was on the cusp of being an NBA All-Star.

In Cleveland, he was often the second option on offense before the Cleveland Cavaliers got Mo Williams to run point guard. Never the less West was a big part of the Cavs team that won 60-plus games every year when they were in contention for the NBA title. In the 2008-09 NBA regular season, West averaged 11 ppg and 3 apg, that year in the playoffs he upped his scoring average to 13 ppg and also upped his assist to 4 apg.

There is an upside, basketball wise, to West’s suspension. His suspension will allow him to get comfortable with the Celtics offense and allow him to ensure that his body and mind are ready for the NBA season. In the second unit (the Boston Bench Mob), West will be able to run the point and push the ball up the court which allows the energetic Nate Robinson to Play his true position which is a scoring guard.

Currently, Nate Robinson is struggling with his shot and is amongst the NBA’s worst in field goal percentage, but with the return of West, Robinson will be able to play off of the ball and do what he does best which is scoring. The duo of West and Robinson will form the most energetic and talented backup backcourt in the NBA.

West also gives the Celtics a more than adequate backup if NBA All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo were to go down with injury in the middle of the season. His play is solid and his game should complement the Celtics starters if Rondo was to ever get injured. He also provides a solid back up to Ray Allen which will allow Allen to rest more during the season.

When mentioning offseason acquisitions Delonte West is often over looked or forgotten entirely. Flat out this guy can play and there is no reason why he should be overlooked, but at the same time it is good that a guy as good as him fly’s under the radar. This will allow West to surprise other teams which will give the Celtics an added edge on offense.

Because the Celtics somehow lost Tony Allen to the Memphis Grizzlies, Delonte West will have to do what TA did for the Celtics in the 2010 NBA playoffs.  West will have to smother the Kobe Bryants, Dwyane Wades and LeBron Jameses on the defensive end of the floor and play as efficiently on offense.

Due to the injury of Kendrick Perkins and the Recent injury of Shaq the Celtics have yet to be seen at full power. In a few weeks the Boston Bench Mob will be at full power with the Return of Shaq and Delonte West. With the way Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels are playing off the bench, Shaq and West will only add the Celtics depth off of the bench.

When Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery some time next year, the Celtics will finally be at full power and will show the world that they are the best and the deepest team in the NBA when they win NBA title.


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