Posted October 23, 2012

In Focus: Delonte West, cult hero

Delonte West, In Focus, Photos

Delonte West at Mavericks Media Day last month. (Albert Pena/Icon SMI)

By Andy Gray

In a recent post,’s Rob Mahoney listed Delonte West as one of the best minimum-salary players in the NBA. The Mavericks’ guard is also one of the most colorful players. Whether it’s working at Home Depot during the lockout or giving his opponents mid-game wet willies, West has become something of a cult hero among diehard NBA fans. Here’s hoping he has a strong season, earns himself a long-term deal and doesn’t find himself on the minimum-salary player list in 2013-14.


St. Joseph’s guards Delonte West (right) and Jameer Nelson sit on the bench after a March 2004 loss to Xavier. It was the team’s first loss of the season. (AP)


West poses during the 2004 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)


West drives for a layup during a 2009 Cavs-Suns game. (John W. McDonough/SI)


West arrives for an October 2012 preseason game at the 02 Arena in Berlin. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)


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