In his seven years in the NBA , Delonte West has developed a reputation for being something of a character off the court. But the new Mavericks point guard wants to let everyone know that basketball -- not his quirky personality -- will be the focus in Dallas.

"I want to acclimate myself on the court and remind my new associates and new friends that I'm here to play basketball first and help this team get back to repeating," West told KESN-FM's Ben & Skin. "That's the no. 1 goal."

West will predominantly serve as the Mavs' backup point guard, but could also see some time at the two-guard spot, as well.