David West Proving Draft Doubters Wrong
Indiana Pacers power forward David West has the names memorized as if there will be a final exam: Kenyon Martin, Stromile Swift, Amare Stoudemire, Marcus Fizer, Drew Gooden.
West watched the NBA drafts in the years before he would be eligible and knew his playing style was different from his immediate predecessors at the position. He didn’t play above the rim and he wasn’t the quickest player on the court.
“I never let any of that get to me, it just motivated me,” said West, who has been surpassed at the position only by Stoudemire. “If you look around, most of those guys who could just fly out the roof dunking the ball are no longer in the league.”
“He just knows how to play the game,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.