Wesley in 2006
November 14, 1970 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||229 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Longview (Longview, Texas)|
|NBA draft||1992 / Undrafted|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|1992–1993||Wichita Falls Texans|
|1993–1994||New Jersey Nets|
|2002–2003||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||11,842 (12.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,405 (2.5 rpg)|
|Assists||4,159 (4.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
David Barakau Wesley (born November 14, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA and CBA. He is the current television color analyst for the New Orleans Pelicans. He is the cousin of former NBA player Michael Dickerson.
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. Wesley averaged 17 points per game and 4.4 assists per game in 72 total games at Baylor, and left in 1992, 33 hours short of a degree in physical education.
When Wesley left Baylor University in 1992, many 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. As a result, Wesley was not selected in the 1992 NBA draft. He spent the 1992–93 season in the CBA playing for the Wichita Falls Texans, and signed with the New Jersey Nets as a free agent in 1993. He later played for the Boston Celtics, the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets the Houston Rockets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wesley dispelled the initial doubts about his ability to succeed in the NBA, averaging almost 13 points and 4.6 assists per game over a 14-year career, including ten straight seasons with double-digit scoring averages (1995–96 through 2004–05). He received praise as a tenacious man-to-man defender, and a reliable outside shooter. Wesley played in 55 playoff games and scored double figures in more than half of them.
During the 2006–07 season, Wesley 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. On September 29, 2007, he was traded back 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, center Mile Ilić and cash considerations. On November 1, 2007, not even a week after the Nets signed him, he was waived. A few days later, Wesley stated he planned on ending his NBA career. Wesley's 11,842 career points ranks second all-time in NBA history among undrafted players, behind Moses Malone.
On August 6, 2012, it was announced that Wesley would join the Fox Sports New Orleans team in broadcasting New Orleans Hornets games. (Since then, the team has been renamed the Pelicans.) He was hired to be the Hornets' television color analyst.
David Wesley was charged in 2000 with misdemeanor reckless driving in the crash that killed his friend and teammate Bobby Phills. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report said Phills and Wesley were speeding at more than 100 mph (160 km/h) 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". In a non-jury trial, a judge acquitted Wesley of the charge of racing Phills.
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