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David West’s numbers are down, but Pacers are winning so he’s good with it

Nov 29, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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Statistically, David West is having a down year. He is scoring 12.2 points a game, nearly five off last-year’s pace. That’s in part because he’s taking three fewer shots per game, it’s in part that he is shooting 44.2 percent (down from 49.8 percent last season).

And West doesn’t really care.

That’s because the Pacers are winning — 15-1 to start the season. West is the ultimate veteran glue guy for a team and he is leading the Pacers by example, as he explained to the Indy Star.

“We talked about at the beginning of the year that everyone was going to have to make sacrifices, so it’s no big deal,” West said as the Pacers prepared for tonight’s game against Washington at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “That’s just the way this team is built.

“We’ve got multiple guys that can produce at a high level, five guys averaging double figures. We’re being productive. That’s how our offense is geared this year.

“So, I focus on other things.”

Paul George has emerged as an elite player in the league. Roy Hibbert needs to get touches in the post. Lance Stephenson and George Hill can knock down shots. What makes the Pacers difficult to defend is their versitlity — and at some point they will get Danny Granger back to add another scoring option to the roster.

What West talks about is efficiency — how well did he shoot the ball and how well did the Pacers do defensively and shutting the other team down. Which is pretty much a coach’s dream.

West also has security — two seasons after this at $12 million a year. He doesn’t need numbers for a new contract, he can just focus on what he really wants.

Wins. And a ring.

  1. tmdill18 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Uh, the Pacers are 15-1 now. Not 13-2. Jeez, put the bong down.

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    They’re so stacked that it’s expected. The only guy that’s going to consistently put up numbers is Paul George as their #1 option.

    All this is without Danny Granger. Damn they’re going to be even better.

  3. mcc325 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Quality writing and fact checking going on here. Don’t let facts get in the way of stealing an exact story from the Indianapolis Star this morning….

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      I thought it was copied from about 100 different articles about Chris Bosh over the past 3 years.

  4. creek0512 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Can’t you guys at least glance through your articles for errors before posting?

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      That’s why we’re here?

      We’ve pointed out glaring errors so many times but they still don’t get corrected.

  5. rodyaugu - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    They will need his numbers to go up to have a chance of beating the heat. You cant beat the heat on the perimeter.

  6. xli2006 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I’m sure a deeper bench, more balance, the emergence of Lance, and a few less shots has something to do with it.

    There are hardly any negatives right now with the Pacers, for how few articles PBT writes on them you should consider highlighting the positives. West is playing his usually steady game and compliments this team well.

    Questionable subject aside…. At least get your facts correct, Making up the team record doesn’t help your cred.

  7. homergreenz - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    http://stats.nba.com/playerShotchart.html?PlayerID=2561&Season=2013-14

    http://stats.nba.com/playerStats.html?PlayerID=2561&groupFeedtype=splitsShooting&MeasureType=Base&PerMode=Totals

    Maybe it’s a just a random rough patch that he needs to play through.

    West is shooting the lights out from the top of the key. He is 26 for 46 (56.5%) from less than five feet, but the midrange game has been a disaster so far.

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