Mark West (basketball)

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Mark West
Phoenix Suns
Position Director of Player Relations
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1960-11-05) November 5, 1960 (age 58)
Petersburg, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Petersburg (Petersburg, Virginia)
College Old Dominion (1979–1983)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career 1983–2000
Position Center
Number 45, 43, 41
Career history
As player:
1983–1984 Dallas Mavericks
1984 Milwaukee Bucks
1984–1988 Cleveland Cavaliers
1988–1994 Phoenix Suns
19941996 Detroit Pistons
1996–1997 Cleveland Cavaliers
1997–1998 Indiana Pacers
1999 Atlanta Hawks
1999–2000 Phoenix Suns
As coach:
2013–present Phoenix Suns (assistant)
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,259 (5.7 ppg)
Rebounds 5,347 (4.9 rpg)
Blocks 1,403 (1.3 bpg)
Stats at

Mark Andre West (born November 5, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'10" center from Old Dominion University, West was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (30th overall) of the 1983 NBA draft.

He 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.

West compiled 6,259 points and 5,347 rebounds in his NBA career and also ranks third all-time (behind Artis Gilmore and Shaquille O'Neal) in career field-goal percentage (58.03%).[1]

West was named assistant general manager for the Phoenix Suns in 2001 and is currently Vice-President of Player programs. West was featured in the July 19, 1999 Fortune Magazine about being a licensed broker since 1992.

He played for the US national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal.[2]

On June 25, 2013, West was named an assistant coach to the Phoenix Suns under head coach Jeff Hornacek.[3] He's currently with the team as a Director of Player Relations.[4]

College career

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.

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.

In 1984, West's jersey number 45 was retired at ODU. The Petersburg, Va., native was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He was also 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. Old Dominion University honored West in 2000 as a distinguished alumni. West graduated in 1983 with a degree in business administration with an emphasis on financial management.

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