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Delonte West, who has played basketball for 12 NBA seasons and has even earned a few All-star selections, is among the most popular players in the league and has earned a net worth of $50 million.
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At Saint Joseph's University, West formed what was widely regarded as the best backcourt in the country along with John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award winner Jameer Nelson.
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West was moved to the shooting guard spot in the 2006–07 season, but showed signs of difficulty early in the season. He was later moved back to the point guard position. West had some clutch shots, including a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Charlotte Bobcats on November 8, 2006, and a game-tying three pointer with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to bring the game into overtime against the New Jersey Nets on March 3, 2007. The Celtics would eventually win the game against the Nets. The next day against the Minnesota Timberwolves, West scored a career-high 31 points and made a career-high 12 free throw shots, in a double overtime Celtics victory. West scored all 31 of his points in that game during the second half and the two overtimes. At the end of the 2006–07 season, he was sharing starting minutes with Rajon Rondo. n 2005–06, West averaged 11.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 4.6 APG. On February 12, 2006, he was named to represent the Celtics on the sophomore team for the Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend. Coincidentally, he replaced his college teammate Jameer Nelson, who withdrew because of injuries. (Source:
As a Cavalier, West played in 26 regular season games (starting all 26), and averaged 10.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He had a season high 20 points against the Boston Celtics only six days after his trade to the Cavaliers and a season-high 11 assists on March 30, 2008 against the Philadelphia 76ers. For the entire season, West played in 61 games (starting 31) and averaged 8.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
He became a starter for the Cavaliers, who won a league-best and franchise-record 66 games during the regular season and went 39–2 at home. In addition to his role as the starting shooting guard, he also served as the backup point guard, manning the position when Mo Williams was not in the game. He emerged as a talented backcourt defensive player, guarding a variety of players ranging from the 6'3" Ben Gordon to the 6'10" Hedo TürkoÄŸlu. Offensively, he proved to be a capable outside shooter, with a field-goal percentage of 46% (and 40% on three-pointers), and maintained his reputation as an athletic and hard-nosed driver with the ball. West, Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Anderson Varejão came together to form a supporting cast for franchise player LeBron James.
In the playoffs, West's averages shot up to nearly 14 points per game, despite struggling with his 3-point shot much like his backcourt-mate Williams, whose shooting struggles in the playoffs were well documented. Further, the Cavs' lack of scoring punch on the bench forced West to take on extremely high minute loads. He averaged 42 minutes per game throughout the postseason, and in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic (which the Cavs lost in 6 games due in part to, again, outside shooting struggles from Williams and West) he played over 45 minutes per game, more than any other player in the series. In addition to this, he drew the defensive assignment of Hedo TürkoÄŸlu, who had a 7-inch height advantage, to allow James to play the "rover". West was able to stop TürkoÄŸlu's facilitation of the Magic offense in spurts, but the height advantage was too much, as TürkoÄŸlu helped to dominate the Cavalier defense throughout the series. West set a new career playoff high in points, with 22 in a losing effort in Game 6 against the Magic when the Cavs were eliminated.
West finished his NBA run in Dallas, when during the 2011-12 he played in In 44 games, starting 33 of them, as he averaged 9.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.
Per the police report, West was “screaming profanities” while holding open containers of beer and vodka. West allegedly walked away from police, who ordered him to stop, but he continued to refuse to stop.
West has been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication, in addition to having open containers.
West, 38, has for years struggled with mental issues and more, with the Mavs organization, led by owner Mark Cuban, trying to offer assistance. substance abuse issues and homelessness in recent years. In 2020, Cuban helped West enter into a drug rehabilitation facility, with Cuban offering to pay for his treatment. And a year later, West had advanced from being a patient at the Florida rehab center to getting a job there. (Source:
Former NBA guard Delonte West was arrested on Tuesday night after an incident involving officers at the Boynton Beach Police Department in Florida, according to WPTV's Scott Sutton.
West, who played in the NBA from 2004-2012, was reportedly banging on the glass doors of the police department building and screaming profanities around 9 p.m. ET, per a case report obtained by Sutton. The report stated that West "smelled of alcohol and his speech was slowed and slurred."
After reportedly complying with an order to place his containers on the ground, West then moved his hands toward the waistband of his pants. An officer pulled out a Taser, and West followed orders, dropping to his knees with his hands in the air. (Source: www.sportingnews.com www.sportingnews.com www.sportingnews.com)))West was yelling obscenities while holding an open can of beer and open bottle of vodka, per the case report. Officers approached West, and when he started to walk away, they askedAs he was being placed in a police car, West "continued to be belligerent and screaming profanities and obscure rants," according to the case report. (Source: him to stop. (Source:
West has dealt with mental health issues throughout his life. He told The Washington Post's Rick Maese in 2015 that he "began cutting himself and swallowing pills" as a child and made several trips to children's hospitals. West was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, and he underwent counseling and took medication to treat his condition. (Source: www.sportingnews.com)
Family, friends and fans of West have grown concerned about his mental health since he last played in the NBA during the 2011-12 season with the Mavericks. In recent years, photos and videos surfaced showing West wandering around Houston without shoes on, ranting incoherently after getting into a street fight in Maryland and panhandling at a Dallas intersection. (Source: www.sportingnews.com In 2009, he was arrested in Maryland after officers pulled him over and found that he was carrying multiple loaded guns. West pleaded guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to home detention, unsupervised probation and community service. (Source:www.sportingnews.com))
In September 2020, Mavs owner Mark Cuban picked up West at a Dallas-area gas station and helped place him in a rehabilitation center. In October 2020, Cuban offered an update on West's progress, saying that he had "taken the first steps" in his recovery. (Source: www.sportingnews.com)Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West . A long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support. pic.twitter.com/555twAEVDP (Source: www.sportingnews.com)
In January, ESPN reported that West was working at the rehabilitation center in Florida in which had had been treated. (Source: www.sportingnews.com
West was stopped by cops in Boynton Beach, FL, on Oct. 19 ... after officers say he was yelling and banging on a local police station's doors. (Source: www.tmz.com When West finally dropped to the floor, officers told him they were detaining him for "open container and resisting" ... and the 38-year-old then went on a lengthy, rambling rant that included anti-gay rhetoric. (Source:www.tmz.com))Delonte West repeatedly hurled homophobic slurs and said he was a better basketball player than LeBron James during his arrest last week ... and the disturbing scene was all captured on police video obtained by TMZ Sports. (Source:www.tmz.com))
In his rant, West also said, "N****, I was better than LeBron James. I'm better than Jordan. I was the best n**** to play every sport. Shut the f*** up!" (Source: www.tmz.com West repeatedly used the f-word, called cops bitches, and claimed he was Jesus Christ and the President of the United States. (Source:www.tmz.com w
In the police report, officers noted West reeked of booze and appeared to be drunk. (Source: www.tmz.com)ww.tmz.com)))West continued to spout words off incoherently before cops finally put him into the back of a squad car. (Source:
West was ultimately hit with three charges over the incident, including obstruction/resisting without violence, open container and disorderly intoxication.