Big Easy Buzz Blog - June 17, 2009

West’s season highlighted by second All-Star berth

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,
If you review the recent history of the NBA All-Star Game, you’ll see the names of several players who were selected as an All-Star early in their careers, but never received the honor again. Solid but unspectacular performers such as former Hornets center Jamaal Magloire, Chris Gatling, Tyrone Hill and Dana Barros are among the best examples of one-time picks.

Although some wrote that David West’s All-Star Game debut in 2008 was aided by the fact that the game was being played in New Orleans that year, he was chosen again this past season. While fans outside of New Orleans may not be able to fully appreciate West, who did not finish in the top 10 of voting in the conference among forwards, the league’s coaches certainly do. You can’t help but think that the 6-foot-9 power forward has become a favorite of some of the Western Conference's sideline bosses, based partly on his all-business, no-frills approach to basketball. West rarely, if ever, draws attention to himself on the floor, content to simply play the game.