David Barakau Wesley (born November 14, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA and CBA.
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.
He is the current television color analyst for the New Orleans Pelicans. He is the cousin of former NBA player Michael Dickerson.
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,842 (12.5 ppg)
Rebounds 2,405 (2.5 rpg)
Assists 4,159 (4.4 apg)