As our own Gary Washburn reports right here, the Celtics are bringing back guard Delonte West, who spent the first three seasons of his career here before being dealt to the NBA Franchise Then Known As The Sonics before the 2007-08 season in the Ray Allen deal.
West, a tough, versatile, savvy player who has had some high-profile off-the-court issues, was a bright spot on some lousy Celtics teams. The hunch here is that most Celtics fans are cool with bringing him back, especially in a limited role.
I bring this up here because I was just discussing this move with our in-house Celtics guru here at Boston.com, Gary Dzen. While we both agreed on West's potential value, it turns out we remembered his first run as a Celtic a little differently.
I think of West as, more than anything else, a pretty reliable spot-up shooter (in part, probably, because a lefty's shot always looks good unless we're talking about Dwight Howard heaving up one of his homely lefty hooks). But Dzen noted that West is also a pretty good dunker, which is something I don't particularly recall at all.
Well, turns out YouTube backs up Dzen's recollection, as you can see below. (That's why he's our Celtics blogger while I'm a junior reporter and coffee-fetcher here at the Buzz.)
So here's our question to you: Do you think of West as a decent dunker who can bring the thunder every now and then, or more as a perimeter shooter and occasional slasher who is more substance than style?
And more importantly, do you like the signing? Drop your wisdom in the comments.
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Delonte jams on the break over Atlanta's Josh Smith . . .
. . . then hammers one down on 6-foot-11-inch Samuel Dalembert . . .
. . . and finally, one over a stationary object wearing a Tracy McGrady jersey:
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