He led the Raiders to their first tournament appearance. They made it to the Maryland 4A championship, where Delonte had 22 points and 8 rebounds, but the Raiders lost 70— He then committed himself to Saint Joseph's University. College career[ edit ] At Saint Joseph's University he formed what was widely regarded as the best backcourt in the country along with Wooden and Naismith Award winner Jameer Nelson.
Saint Joseph's finished the season at 30—2. Joe's after his junior campaign and was selected by the Boston Celtics as the 24th pick in the NBA draft. In his first season, he struggled with injuries, playing a total of just 39 games, mostly coming off the bench.
After making the transition to point guard in his rookie season, West was named the starting point guard at the beginning of the —06 season by head coach Doc Rivers. In —06, West averaged Coincidentally, he replaced his college teammate Jameer Nelson , who withdrew because of injuries. West was moved to the shooting guard spot in the —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, , 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, 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 —07 season, he was sharing starting minutes with Rajon Rondo. As a Cavalier, West played in 26 regular season games starting all 26 , and averaged 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, against the Philadelphia 76ers.
For the entire season, West played in 61 games starting 31 and averaged 8. His tiebreaking game-winner took the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3—1 lead in this first round series. West scored 21 points in both Game 3 and Game 5 against the Boston Celtics. He was moved to the starting shooting guard position at the beginning of the season, due to the acquisition of Mo Williams.
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. On March 2, , against the Miami Heat, West set a career high with 8 steals. 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. 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. Over the —10 season , Delonte West averaged 8. For his —11 season, West finished with 5.
He re-signed with the Mavericks on July 26, West was suspended indefinitely following an argument after a preseason loss on October 15, He was reinstated after one day, but suspended again on October 25 for the same reason after another preseason loss. Return to D-League [ edit ] On March 12, , West was reacquired by the Texas Legends  and appeared for them that night against the Delaware 87ers.
In 19 minutes off the bench, he recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds in a — loss. During this stop, it was found that West had a 9mm Beretta pistol in his waistband, a Ruger. He was arrested and had a court appearance on November The photo sparked speculation that West was homeless, as the Twitter account that broke the photo suggested as such and asked his followers to pray for West given his psychological issues . West immediately denied the rumours, stating that, while the photo is genuine, he has a home and was merely assisting someone who actually was homeless, since the homeless man was paraplegic.