Mark West (basketball)
|Born||November 5, 1960|
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Petersburg (Petersburg, Virginia)|
|College||Old Dominion (1979–1983)|
|NBA draft||1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Number||45, 43, 41|
|2013–2015||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||6,259 (5.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,347 (4.9 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,403 (1.3 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Mark Andre West (born November 5, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) center from Old Dominion University, West was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (30th overall) of the 1983 NBA draft.
West played four years at Old Dominion University (ODU) where he hauled down 1,113 career rebounds, shot 56 percent from the floor and scored 1,308 career points. In 1980 and 1982 West was named ECAC-South Tournament Most Valuable Player. He also led the nation in blocked shots in 1980 and 1981 and completed his career with 446 career blocks for a 3.8 per game average. He was declared an All-American three times.
West performed three triple doubles (points, rebounds, blocked shots). He had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks on October 4, 1980. West then had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots against Wagner on Jan. 9, 1982. On Feb. 17, 1982, and scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. West is ODU's career double-double leader (points and rebounds) with 50. On Jan. 10, 1981, West help lead the Monarchs to a 63-62 upset win over then undefeated and number one ranked DePaul, in Chicago. During his four seasons at ODU, the Monarchs compiled an 80-37 record with two NCAA and two NIT appearances.
West graduated in 1983 with a degree in business administration with an emphasis on financial management, although he originally planned to focus on accounting.
As basketball player
West played 17 seasons in the NBA from 1983 to 2000 as a member of the Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, and Atlanta Hawks. West was a key player on the Phoenix Suns team that lost to the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals.
Additional career in athletics
In 2001, West was hired by the Phoenix Suns as assistant general manager. On June 25, 2013, he was named an assistant coach to the Suns under head coach Jeff Hornacek. In 2015, he also became the team's Director of Player Relations while continuing to perform some coaching duties.
Honors and awards
In 1984, West's jersey number 45 was retired at his alma mater, Old Dominion University. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Old Dominion University honored West in 2000 as a distinguished alumnus.
West was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on April 22, 2006 and the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame in October 2004.
West and his wife Elaina have two sons, Markus and Markyle.
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
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- "All-Time Field Goal Shooting". NBA.com. National Basketball Association.
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- "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster // W". USAB.com. USA Basketball. 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
Mark West — 1982 WC: 7-2
- "New Suns coach Hornacek fills out staff". NBA.com. National Basketball Association. June 25, 2013.
- Coro, Paul (May 29, 2015). "Suns make coaching staff changes, drop Kenny Gattison". AZcentral.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com