David Barakau Wesley (born November 14, 1970, in San Antonio, Texas) is an American professional Basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is the cousin of former NBA player Michael Dickerson.
High school and collegeEdit
David graduated from Longview High School in Longview, Texas. He was classmates with former NFL player Bobby Taylor. Wesley played his freshman year at Temple Junior College, then transferred to Baylor University. At Baylor, Wesley averaged 17 ppg (points per game) and 4.4 apg (assists per game). Wesley played a total of 72 games at Baylor University, and left in 1993 17 hours short of a degree in Physical Education.
When Wesley left Baylor University in 1993, many player scouts considered him too small (at 6'1") to play as a Shooting guard in the NBA, and doubted his ability to make the transition to Point guard. He initially signed with the New Jersey Nets as an undrafted free agent, and has since played for the Boston Celtics, the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets the Houston Rockets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wesley long ago dispelled the initial doubts about his ability to succeed in the NBA; he has averaged almost 13 points and 4.6 assists per game over a 14-year career (through the 2006-07 season), including ten straight seasons with double-digit scoring averages (1995-96 through 2004-05). He has received praise as a tenacious man-to-man defender, and a reliable outside shooter. Wesley has played in 55 playoff games and has scored double figures in more than half of them.
After going for a layup and hitting the bottom of the backboard in the 2006-07 season, he only played for 35 games and averaged career-lows of 2.1 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also did not play any minutes during the playoffs. Wesley has stated after sitting on the bench that he may retire despite having a year (only partially guaranteed) left on his contract. On September 29, 2007, he was traded to the Hornets for Cedric Simmons. On October 29, 2007, the New Jersey Nets reacquired guard David Wesley from the New Orleans Hornets for swingman Bernard Robinson (basketball), center Mile Ilić and cash considerations. On November 1, 2007, not even a week after the Nets signed him, the New Jersey Nets waived him. A few days later, Wesley stated he planned on finally cutting ties with his NBA career. Wesley's 11,842 career points ranks second among undrafted players, behind Moses Malone, and his 1123 three-point field goals made is 35th all-time among NBA players
David Wesley was charged in 2000 with misdemeanor racing and Reckless driving in the crash that killed his friend and teammate Bobby Phills. A Mecklenburg County Police report said Phills and Wesley were racing at more than 100 mph when Phills lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a car. The report said both Phills and Wesley were driving "in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent and/or aggressive manner", and the men were "involved in a speed competition". Wesley was also driving with a suspended license at the time. One of Wesley's known future goals is to become a college basketball coach.
Achievements and honorsEdit
- Southwest Conference’s Most Valuable Player
- 2007 Eastern Conference (NBA) with the Cleveland Cavaliers
- David Wesley Profile NBA - David Wesley Player Profile
- ClutchFans.net David Wesley Profile - Houston Rocket Fan Site