This month of February, he has stepped up his game in place of Paul George in a bit of a funk. What better timing for West to start coming alive on his own as the Pacers start this stretch toward the end of the season? At times, West has stepped aside for other guys, but I will say he can stand to be more selfish this time around.
He’s a guy that you know will deliver. You can ask him to go out and get 20 points, he’ll do it. How about going out and grabbing 10 rebounds? He’ll be there around the basket each time a shot is up.
How about going out and being a leader for this Pacers team? He’s been that voice for the time he’s been here, which is why it was a no brainer that he would be with this team for the foreseeable future.
This season, his average is around 13 points per game, but just this month, it’s around 18 points, which is where it needs to be for the Pacers to use West in the best possible way. You just know from watching enough games when West is in that scoring mode by the look of him. He gets that look where he’s driving to the basket, and there’s no stopping him. Even on a missed shot, he’ll come back around and take it to the basket again.
Point totals for West over the past five games: 30, 14, 25, 12, 17. That’s how dependable West has been for this month. Like I said, a great time when George has been struggling. As much as George has been carrying the load, you knew someone else had to step up in that place at some point in the season. West is that best guy to do it.
I think he’ll continue this strong play into the playoffs, and the Pacers will take full advantage of that. You know how much of an asset he could be against some of the possible playoff teams, especially the Miami Heat, where I know West will want to make his points.