Thursday, June 28, 2007

West and Szczerbiak

Most of the discussion since the Sonics trade with Boston has focused on Jeff Green, but the Sonics also got a pair of veterans in Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak from the Celtics.

West is a guy I've liked for a long time and someone whose name has been linked to the Sonics in the past. A combo guard with size who can shoot the ball, West averaged 12.2 points and 4.4 assists per game last season. He was even better in his sophomore season for Boston, when he shot 48.7% from the field and 38.5% from three-point range.

By the way: Did you know West was another Maryland/D.C. guy? He went to Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Mary.

Szczerbiak, an All-Star in 2002 while playing for Minnesota, has averaged 15.6 points per game over the course of his career, including 19.0 ppg as recently as 2005-06. Last year was something of a lost year for Szczerbiak, who saw his season ended by ankle surgery after 32 games.