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Delonte West career earnings: Here’s how much ex-NBA guard made as a player

delonte west as member of boston celtics in nba career
Delonte West spent part of his NBA career as a member of the Boston Celtics. Pic credit: NESN/YouTube

Former NBA player Delonte West recently appeared in a concerning new video showing that the basketball star is living a much different life than he once did.

The video, which shows a shirtless West seated on the ground with his hands behind his back, was taken after the former NBA guard was involved in a physical altercation.

It’s drawn attention to the seriousness of his mental health situation. A player who once made millions in basketball continues to struggle outside of the league.

Delonte West’s NBA teams, career earnings

After a standout collegiate career with Saint Joseph’s, the Boston Celtics selected Delonte West as the No. 24 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

He’d earn just under a million dollars in salary that first season, and go on to earn over a million dollars for his next two seasons in Boston.

As the 2007-08 season arrived, West was involved in a series of trades. The first sent him to the Seattle Supersonics, with the second making him a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. During his time with the Cavs, he had superstar LeBron James as a teammate.

His salary also got a boost, as he started to make closer to $2 million, per Hoops Hype.

He’d move up substantially for his next two seasons with Cleveland. In 2008-09 he earned $3.85 million, followed by $4.25 million in the 2009-10 season. That was his highest earnings in a single season in the NBA.


It was after this that Delonte West’s NBA career began to move closer to the end, though. He’d return to play for the Celtics in the 2010-11 season, earning $1.06 million. He played in just 24 games for Boston as a backup to Rajon Rondo.

West also had a 10-game suspension at the start of the season following his guilty plea for a weapons charge in Maryland.

For the 2011-12 season, West played in 44 games with the Dallas Mavericks. He’d record his highest scoring average since the 2008-09 season, averaging nearly 10 points a game per Basketball-Reference.

West earned $1.22 million in that final season. He re-signed with Dallas in July 2012 was ultimately waived by the team after several arguments following preseason losses. That would end his career in the NBA.

He played in the D-League and China over the next several years but was done in 2015 after a season-ending injury with the Texas Legends.

Since then, images and videos surfaced online, indicating that West became homeless, and most recently was involved in a physical altercation.

Throughout his career, West earned $16.46 million, playing with four different NBA teams. It’s a considerable amount of money which most people won’t see in their lifetimes.

However, many people contend that money can’t buy happiness, something Delonte West mentioned in previous comments he made about mental health.

Matt Couden is a freelance writer for over 10 years. Matt more

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