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Delonte West shows some signs in his D-League debut (VIDEO)

Mar 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Delonte West made his debut with the D-League Texas Legends on Saturday, playing professionally in a game for the first time all season. He started off strong with eight points on 3-4 shooting, to go along with two rebounds and an assist while playing all 12 first quarter minutes.

West’s numbers dropped off significantly after that, likely due to the need to get back into shape after being away from the game for so long. He finished with 10 points on 4-15 shooting, with four rebounds, five assists, and six turnovers.

Checking out the highlights in the clip above, you can definitely see that West still has some skills. His ball-handling seemed well above average, and his ability to distribute and get to the basket may still be of value to an NBA team once the conditioning piece comes together.

It’s worth noting that the level of competition West was playing against in the D-League is far, far below what he would see at the next level. But if he can put up some gaudy numbers at some point over his next few games, and keep a good attitude about his situation, he may find himself on an NBA roster before the end of the season.

Marc Stein of reports that the Knicks are among the teams monitoring West’s D-League activities.

  1. j0esixpack - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Heck – speaking of ball handling, I’m sure there’s a half dozen teams who would pay him a few thousand just to sit behind LeBron’s mom during the playoffs

    • badintent - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      Classic !So how much is he getting paid ?

  2. JMClarkent - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Delonte’s problem never was neck-down. If he was a tad more stable what team wouldn’t want to add a solid defender who has a shot and can play the 1 or 2? I can think of 10 teams off the top of my head who could use him as the first guard off of the bench.

    This D-League stint is less to prove that he can still play than it is to show the NBA that he will not “Terrell Owens” up the locker room.

  3. mgscott - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Delonte does still have some skills – Gloria

  4. flyrocket31 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    he traveled horribly the first possession. wow

  5. delusionalcardsfan - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Humpin Ms. James!

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