Delonte West forced his way into the nation's consciousness as part of an elite backcourt with fellow future NBA first-round pick Jameer Nelson at St. Joseph's. The duo led St. Joe's to a 27-0 start in 2003-04, as well as a trip to the Elite Eight. Taken by the Celtics with the last of their three first-round picks in 2004, West lost the first half of his rookie season to a pair of broken bones in his head. By the start of his second season, however, West had established himself as Boston's starting point guard. In 2005-06, the versatile West saw more time at shooting guard than the point and averaged a career-best 12.2 points per game. Sonics General Manager Sam Presti described West as critical to the trade that sent Ray Allen to Boston and brought Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak and West to Seattle, saying, "It's hard to do a deal like we did without Delonte West in the deal."