Indiana Pacers forward David West maintains a low profile among his young and energetic teammates. But since he joined the team last season, his status as a veteran voice those young bucks could lean on has been an invaluable addition to the team dynamic.

Mike Wells reports that West is ready to start the upcoming NBA season after a healthy offseason spent preparing his body and game for the long season ahead. This was a nice change from last year when he was rehabbing under a cloud of uncertainty, hoping his knee would hold up and a team would sign him to play a big role.