West announced Thursday that he has retired from professional basketball, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. A 2003 first-round pick of the New Orleans Hornets, West spent the first nine seasons of his career in the Big Easy and turned in All-Star campaigns in 2008-09 and 2009-10. West remained a consistent double-digit scorer for the Pacers from 2011-12 to 2014-15 before reinventing himself as a role player off the bench for the Spurs in 2015-16 and the Warriors the past two seasons. He earned his only NBA championships during his two years with Golden State, with his efficient shooting -- he converted a career-best 57.1 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2017-18 -- and sublime passing ensuring the Warriors didn't miss a beat when the starters were resting. With second-year big man Jordan Bell set to take on a bigger role for the Warriors during the upcoming campaign, the team likely didn't have much interest in re-signing West on a guaranteed deal, so the 38-year-old decided to call it quits. He wraps up his 15-year career with averages of 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.2 minutes per game over 1,034 regular-season tilts.
West had just four points (2-4 FG) but added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 victory over San Antonio. West did his thing Tuesday, adding some size to the Warriors when needed while providing veteran leadership out on the floor. While his numbers don't jump off the board, he contributes all over the floor and remains a vital role player within the team structure. The Warriors will now face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in the second-round and West is going to need to be out there to contend with Davis and the other Pelicans big-men.
West (ankle) will be available to play in Game 3 against the Spurs on Thursday, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports. West injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 2, but it apparently wasn't anything overly serious and he'll be available in his typical bench role for Game 3. Despite rejoining the lineup, West will likely only see minutes in the teens, even if JaVale McGee (quad) is unable to give it a go. As a result, continue to avoid West for DFS purposes Thursday.
West (ankle) went for 10 points (3-3 FG, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one block across 14 minutes during Golden State's 116-101 win over the Spurs in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The productive veteran scored on three straight second-quarter possessions in typically efficient fashion, but he suffered an ankle injury with 9:59 remaining. West headed to the locker room and eventually returned to the bench, but he didn't make it back onto the floor. The 37-year-old is considered day-to-day ahead of Thursday's Game 3.
West produced four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists and one block over 11 minutes of action during Thursday's 126-106 loss at the host Pacers. Despite seeing only 11 minutes of game-time, West played fairly well Thursday, as he recorded at least one tally in most of the major statistical categories. Since returning from his elbow injury, the 14-year veteran from Xavier is averaging 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds across 11 games, which are all down from his season averages though.
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