Now in his 13th season, West is averaging 15.4 minutes and 4.7 points per game. It's not the production we're used to seeing from the two-time All-Star, but sooner or later he'll make his presence felt.
Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer who now serves as president of basketball operations for the Pacers, admits West’s decision to leave the Pacers stung. “When it happened it was, ‘What?’” said Bird. “But if he thinks it’s best for him, good for him. Who are we to tell him he’s crazy?” West is no mad man. His decision to forego guaranteed millions was rooted in foresight many retirees would envy.