One of the few pleasant surprises that has come from the Dallas Mavericks’ injury festival is the exemplary play of DeShawn Stevenson. Despite a career-long reputation as an underachiever, big-talker and bad-tattoo-haver, Stevenson has admirably stepped in for Caron Butler, while shooting .466 from three-point range, good for fourth in the league. After making less than 30 percent of his 3-point attempts the past two seasons, that’s quite an improvement, and one that hasn’t gone unnoticed around the league.
However, even though opponents have recognized his new-found ability to stroke the three, Stevenson isn’t going to let that get to his head. Or his arms. Or his wrists, hands and fingers. None of that. He doesn’t want to mess anything up.
[Would Stevenson] listen if the NBA comes calling to ask him to participate in the 3-point shootout at All-Star Weekend?
“Nah, I don’t want to mess up my rhythm,” Stevenson said. “If you go out there and only make two, then you might lose your rhythm.”
Good move, DeShawn Stevenson. As a career 35 percent three-point shooter, he’s probably thinking he doesn’t want to mess with anything, kind of like those mornings at open gym where everything is falling so you just keep chucking without thinking about your shot because you don’t want to jinx it. This is just like that, only in the NBA and not at a local high school.
And hey, if a guy doesn’t want to participate in All-Star Weekend because he doesn’t think he’ll do good, then that’s even better for us. Russell Westbrook pulled out of the Dunk Contest because he thinks he’s not creative enough to do anything cool. DeShawn is doing something similar, opting out because he might do bad which could affect actual basketball games. For a streaky shooter like him, it’s probably the best move.
Not to mention, the less close-up high definition shots of Stevenson’s face tattoos that we’re subjected to, the better. Even Mike Tyson would agree.