Stevenson's Struggles

DeShawn Stevenson's ongoing offensive struggles continued last night as the veteran shooting guard missed all four of his shots (three of them 3's) and finished with no points, two assists, one rebound and four turnvoers in 22 minutes. For the season, Stevenson is shooting a career-low 30.9 pecent (28 percent from 3-point range) and averaging 7.6 points per game.

For a team that is struggling to score without Gilbert Arenas, that is killer. The potentially bigger problem is that Stevenson's issues appear to be becoming mental. He's talked openly about changing up his pregame routine, his hairstyle and other things in hopes of figuring something out. I was there extra early last night and saw Stevenson on the court 2 1/2 hours before tip working on his shot with assistant/shooting coach Dave Hopla. He's searching, but so far nothing seems to be working.

Another sign came in the first quarter when Stevenson caught a ball on the wing and appeared to have a wide open look at a jumper. He caught it, hesitated and then dribbled hard to the basket where Kevin Garnett slid in front of him and drew a charge.

After the game, Coach Ed Tapscott likened Stevenson's shooting woes to a pitcher suddenly having location problems, a hitter going into a slump or a wide receiver suddenly dropping passes and said he plans on sticking with Stevenson, who is his best wing defender.

By Ivan Carter |  December 12, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
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Interesting stats for the Wizards:

+/- per 10 minutes this season (Opec, James, and Crittenton were excluded due to lack of reasonable minutes):

Darius Songaila + 0.4
Nick Young + 0.024
Andray Blatche - 0.031
Juan Dixon - 0.26
Dominic McGuire - 0.54
Caron Butler - 1.46
Antawn Jamison - 1.76
Javale McGee - 2.37
DeShawn Stevenson - 2.71
Etan Thomas - 5.92


DSong and NY are the only 2 players in the positive for the season. DeShawn is the worst starter of the group. Etan Thomas costs the team roughly 1 point every 2 minutes he's on the court.


(Just in case anyone was interested, OPec has a + 4.45 per 10 minutes on the court)

Posted by: psps23 | December 12, 2008 12:31 PM

"After the game, Coach Ed Tapscott likened Stevenson's shooting woes to a pitcher suddenly having location problems, a hitter going into a slump or a wide receiver suddenly dropping passes"

If he was talking about Gil, Caron, or Jamison, then this would be alright. If he's going to liken DeShawn's shooting woes to a WR "suddenly" dropping passes, then you better specify the analogy to a sub-par WR that had one average statistical season his entire career, and "suddenly" fell back into his normal pattern of performance (like a Darnerian Mccants for any Redskins fanatics out there).

Posted by: psps23 | December 12, 2008 12:41 PM

Someone said on this blog, "Mike James, another shoot first PG."

I have no problem with another shoot first PG given the fact that Gil isn't back yet, Stevenson is struggling, and neither AD nor Dee Brown (both are gone now) can shoot. But man, to be a shoot-first PG, you'd be better able to shoot!

Last night was a terrible debut for both new guards. One can't shoot (0 for 6), the other can't pass (4 TOs). James even missed on a fast break, I am sure AD would at least draw a foul!

They'd better be shaped up fast, otherwise, this trade looks like a bad idea.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 12, 2008 12:47 PM

Not good when Dominic came in and during limited minutes had a better jumper than Deshawn, played better defense than Deshawn, rebounded better than Deshawn, and overall was way more active.

That a boy Tap, stick with someone who is not producing because that is how you lose by 34.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 12, 2008 12:47 PM

This must REALLY be getting to Stevenson because he can't wave his hand in his face as much as he wants to.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 12, 2008 12:55 PM

Stevenson is missing because people are not leaving him open this year like before.

Before last year (career year) the most he averaged in any season was a lame 11 points per game. Why is anyone on the Wiz surprised?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 12, 2008 12:57 PM

I've tried to defend Stevenson for so long. But when he's our "best" defender and he lets players blow by him, brandon roy, ray allen. I think it's time for him to come off the bench. By the time the wiz put in Nick Young, they are already losing because they can't score. Stevenson is forcing shots now and we've known for years he's not the 3rd option. Time to put in Young and have Stevenson come off the bench.

Last night, he shot poorly and turned the ball over. But if he's our "locksmith" then why commit the turnover and not hustle to get back on defense. His struggles shooting are taking his head out of the game and he is showing no heart. When things go good, he's all about it, but when bad, he just quits on the himself and the team.

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | December 12, 2008 1:08 PM

The NBA: Where Insanity Happens (particularly to Wizard coaches)

Posted by: Izman | December 12, 2008 1:12 PM

People, people, people, facts are facts. This Wiz dillema is simple. They DO NOT, CAN NOT, and WILL NOT defend the 3 ball. It's as clear as day. I read all this hogwash about BTH being the remedy, and that is nonsense. He is garbage, along with Etan, and Javale (who should be solid if he gains 25 lbs in the next year or two, his athleticism and gifts aret hings Etan and BTH do not and never will have).

Back to the subject at hand, when I saw Ray Allen hit 4 open 3's in the 1st quater, I knew it would be long night. Then Eddie House got in on the act, and Paul missed a few wide open ones.

Another problem, (i love Juan Dixon, i really do), but Juan is NOT a PG. I know, I know, we had no other options, but he is a scorer, not a PG. As much as I hate to say it, we really did niss AD and Dee last night.

Now finally, the bottom line: NICK YOUNG NEEDS TO BE STARTING FOR DS, AND GETTING 30-40 MINS PER GAME. DS looked like a D-league player last night on National TV. He is veteran who's been in the league a long time, no excuses. Yeah, we all know Nick is not a good defender, but if DS is supposed our "defensive guy", then it is clearly not working. His D is very overrated. How much worse could Nick do on the defensive side. I mean come on, were giving up 103.5ppg, 2nd worst in the East. Sure NY will not help the defensive issue, but at least he will give us consistent scoring and the ability to create his own shot and penetrate (not to mention highlight reels). ED needs to give him 35mpg minimum for the rest of the year, and I GUARANTEE you all this kid blossoms into a great player by next year. He will get us 17ppg if he gets the mins. DS is averaging 7.9pts in 29.2 mins. NY is averaging 11ppg in 23.4 mpg. Do the math people. We NEED scoring out of our 2-guard spot, it is as clear as day. Very Simple. Come on folks, the season is pratically lost, let NY develop into the All-Star he is capable of being. DS has no hope of ever being an All-Star.

So there you have it, thanks for reading. I hope Tapscott takes notes.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 1:19 PM

What we saw from mike James last night is what we can expect to see the rest of the season. There's a reason why he's bounced from team-to-team and had ever diminishing roles on a succession of teams.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 1:21 PM


In general, I made 2 points:

A) People saying BTH is the remedy to the problems. That is a joke. if he were playing we may have one 1 or 2 more games at this point. He is not good, and never will be. That my friend, is a fact. He had a mediocre year for a center last year, and all of sudden everyone stops calling him Brenda. LOL, give me a break.

B) NY should be starting and getting 35+ min. Yeah, thats an opinion, but I backed up with stats, and anyone with a lick of common sense can see that NY should be the starter, given talent and the current circumstances surronding the season.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 1:26 PM

I echo the thoughts on Mike James, he looked horrible, and people tend to forget he averaged 20ppg, in his contract year for a pitiful team.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 1:28 PM

The whole Mike James thing ticks me off even more, because, now this is a guy who could possibly take away NY's minutes. Critt also. NY is far better than both of them. I just hate to see such talent sitting on the bench , when the guys in front of him are garbo.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 1:30 PM

Maybe his home-life is effecting him, now that he has 3 kids out of wedlock now.. Changing his hairdo will not make him shoot any better.... Now who's over-rated now!!!

Posted by: brooksan | December 12, 2008 1:40 PM

"After the game, Coach Ed Tapscott likened Stevenson's shooting woes to a pitcher suddenly having location problems, a hitter going into a slump or a wide receiver suddenly dropping passes"

If he was talking about Gil, Caron, or Jamison, then this would be alright. If he's going to liken DeShawn's shooting woes to a WR "suddenly" dropping passes, then you better specify the analogy to a sub-par WR that had one average statistical season his entire career, and "suddenly" fell back into his normal pattern of performance (like a Darnerian Mccants for any Redskins fanatics out there).

Posted by: psps23 | December 12, 2008 12:41 PM

DeShawn Stevenson = Freddie Mitchell

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | December 12, 2008 1:48 PM

First and foremost we need a coach! Tapscott is not the answer and has no understanding of his personel, player time management, viable substitution patterns, etc. When he stated his reason for taking Mcgee out of the game against Chicago because of Aaron Gray(0 pts), I was through with him The Wizards have talent, it's just not showing because of the coaching or lack thereof. With any game you must be a confident player and the Wizards are not a confident bunch at this point. From NBA commentators to bloggers to sports columnist to the average fan, all know that Stevenson should not be starting or playing the minutes he is given. But even with all that and in this article Tapscott says he is sticking with him. As previously and numerously stated, Young needs to start and be given significant minutes. I would start Blatche at center and split minutes with Mcgee, who would be very effective coming in with the 2nd unit. We need to be patient with the new guys. They are definitely an upgrade over Daniels and Brown. Even with them we looked terrible so at least give these guys a chance to get acclimated and show what they can do. Let's put our best 5 on the floor to start the game for a change and then see what happens, but we have not had a coaching staff who is willing to do that. You can play the best defense in the world, but this game is about scoring and if you can't score in this leauge, you're going to lose on most nights

Posted by: garrybrown | December 12, 2008 1:57 PM

Maybe DS should shoot more? How can he get better when he's taking 4 shots a night? Shooters get in slumps and you get out by shooting yourself out of it. You don't get better by taking just 4 shots!

Posted by: tundey | December 12, 2008 2:03 PM

Lets look at the real problem. Stevenson's J does not hit because it is not a fundamentally looking jump shot. Stevenson shoots a "corkspin" type of jumper. There in lies the problem.

His elbow is always out on the release instead of being close to his body, plus to add injury to insult; he puts a "sidespin" on the ball instead of a "backspin" and he also attempts to "aim" it in the basket. His shot looks so UNNATURAL, and he is wondering why it does not go in. Case in point, look at his jumper vs. Roger Mason's? See the difference in forms and spins on the ball?

What that crazy sidespin does is make it harder for the ball to settle in the rim unless it goes straight in ("all net"). He is not going to change his form this far in his career so you will never see any improvement.

For Tabscott to say he is going to stick with him makes me that much angrier. It is not like he was a great shooter like Ray Allen and he is in a shooting slum. The dude never could really shoot anyway. Again, why doesn't McGee and NY get this type of treatment?

Worst Looking Jumper's Ever in the NBA:

1. Shawn Marion

2. Jamal Wilkes

3. George "The Iceman" Gervin

4. Jack Skima

5. DeShawn Stevenson

Only thing different with this group is, their "ugly looking" jumpers actually went in the basket......

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 12, 2008 2:04 PM

@cj658: If it's so crystal clear that NY is so much better that the guys in front of him, why can't get on the court? Even if you claim it was Jordan that was holding him down, well he's gone now and what has NY done? All I see him doing is turning the ball over!

Posted by: tundey | December 12, 2008 2:07 PM

I echo the thoughts on Mike James, he looked horrible, and people tend to forget he averaged 20ppg, in his contract year for a pitiful team.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 1:28 PM
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You just echo your thoughts, period. You posted your rant, about the inability to defend the 3, on at least 3 separate threads...

Posted by: -CN- | December 12, 2008 2:12 PM

I'm pretty sure they don't give out style points in the NBA. Doesn't matter what the shot looks like, all that matters is whether it goes in. Reggie Miller had one of the ugliest looking shots ever, and he's one of the greatest shooters in NBA history.

The form on Stevenson's shot wasn't a problem the last two seasons, when he shot 38 and 40 percent from 3 point range.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 2:13 PM

Maybe DS should shoot more? How can he get better when he's taking 4 shots a night? Shooters get in slumps and you get out by shooting yourself out of it. You don't get better by taking just 4 shots!

Posted by: tundey | December 12, 2008 2:03 PM

Sorry tundey, but since in anytime in his career was he ever considered a shooter, never???? What slump, he is doing and producing what his skill level is expected to do? This is not Ray Allen, Ben Gordon, Steve Nash, Capono, or Eddie House to name a few we are talking about.

This is D. Stevenson!!! He is a 2nd string guard who plays average defense who is a starting 2 guard on a team who needs scoring punch from their 2 spot.

4 shots, he should not get any shots. The more he shot, the worse he looks. Nothing against Stevenson, because I actually like what he did last year calling out LaTravel in the playoffs.

I saw him down Barry Farms and I was quite surprised he actually had a nice "street game" with him. He does not play that way in the NBA games because I assume the competition is alot better.

Tabscott just needs to sit him down and let NY start and let Stevenson gather his thoughts and he won't have as much pressure on him coming off of the bench vs. starting........

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 12, 2008 2:13 PM

I'm pretty sure they don't give out style points in the NBA. Doesn't matter what the shot looks like, all that matters is whether it goes in. Reggie Miller had one of the ugliest looking shots ever, and he's one of the greatest shooters in NBA history.

The form on Stevenson's shot wasn't a problem the last two seasons, when he shot 38 and 40 percent from 3 point range.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 2:13 PM

Thanks Kal. I forgot all about Reggie Miller. However, I would like to know what was his percentage from the rest of the floor that did not include three point shooting.

Reggie Miller and the rest of that group I mentioned was a whole lot better then Stevenson's. If you have a ugly shot, it better go in.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 12, 2008 2:17 PM

Edit:

I would like to know what was Stevenson's percentage from the rest of the floor that did not include three point shooting.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 12, 2008 2:18 PM

DeShawn Stevenson talked openly about changing up his pregame routine, his hairstyle and other things in hopes of figuring something out. (how about some god given talent that he just does not have) Coach Ed Tapscott said he plans on sticking with Stevenson, who is his best wing defender. Why would anybody hire Tapscott as your head coach? Making a statement like the one is ridiculous.

The season is over play the young guys (JC pg, NY sg, CB sf, AB pf, JM c, AJ 6th man, play DM more, and keep CB and AJ minutes down) so the organization can find out if any of these guys can play in this league. The team needs to take its losses and that way the younger players can learn from their mistakes.

Next year with Gil and BTH back the younger players will be more confident which will provide them with a good bench. Next years lineup should be (if everyone is healthy) GA pg, CB sg, AJ sf, AB pf, BH c, Now look at your bench JC pg, NY sg, DM sf, DS pf, JN c, plus who they get with a good draft pick like a Tyler Hansbrough.

This link will show you why this guy would add some much needed toughness to this team.

http://ballhype.com/video/tyler_hansbrough_fouled_hard_by_gerald_henderson_added/

I will quit ragging on old ABE if they will give up on this season and start looking towards the future. ABE maybe more people will come to the games to see the younger guys play, that means (LIGHT BULB) more money in your pocket.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 12, 2008 2:19 PM

Couldn't agree more with cj, and others, i've been calling on canning deshawn for weeks now.

Tapscott is such a clown if he calls Deshawn the best wing defender...who is he defending...guards are lighting it up against him.

Starting SGs against the Wizards this year (guys DeShawn is guarding primarily)

Allen, BOS 22 pts
Hamilton, DET 29 pts
Gordon, CHI 21 pts
Bryant, LAL 23 pts
Roy, POR 22 pts
Carter NJN 16 pts
Johnson ATL 18 pts
Pietrus ORL 17 pts
Azubuike GST 15 pts
Richardson NYK 34 pts
McGrady, HOU 20 pts
Johnson, ATL 19 pts
Wade, MIA 19 pts
Wade, MIA 24pts
Brewer, UTA 10 pts
Pietrus, ORL 18 pts
Crawford, NYK 23 pts
Bell, MIL 3 pts
Hamilton, DET 24 pts
Carter, NJN 21 pts

Other than Bell in Milwaukee he hasn't held a single guy to less than points. And if you check most of these points allowed are higher than their average scoring per game. I don't know what spell he has on the coaching and management but there's no way in hell he'd be starting on any team for this long the way he's been playing.

Ivan, thanks for finally doing an article on DS. Nothing against him, but he's playing poorly. Since he's obviously going to continue to play I hope he can find a way to break out of it and help the team.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 12, 2008 2:21 PM

ERNIE GRUNFIELD - Please pull "executive rank" and make a visit to your boy Tabscott and demand he gives McGee at least 25 to 30 minutes a game only unless they are playing the Magic and Superman and then that is the only time you play him under 15.

Also order Tabscott to sit Stevenson "PRONTO" and insert NY at the starting 2 spot. Deactivate Etan and dress OPEC and try to give him some run somewhere with the second unit.

Time to see if OPEC is a bust or not. Also tell Tabscott to scratch that notion that he is always going to have AJ or Caron on the court at all times. Sit them both in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and give DMac and OPEC those minutes.

ERNIE GRUNFIELD Tabscott has now become a rogue agent. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to reel him in and debrief him. Somewhere along the lines he is not listening to orders anymore. Maybe he has been compromised by some of Eddie Jordan's superiors and is now using their ingame substitution directions manuals instead of the one you gave him to use when you terminated Eddie J. Lets hope not............

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 12, 2008 2:23 PM

I see where this is headed:

PG - Crit
SG - Mike James
SF - McGuire
PF - OPEC
C - Etan

Now THAT is a lineup that might get us Blake Griffen. Funny that D Stevenson can't crack that group. At 0-4 he was still better than Mike James last night.

The main weakness is that McGuire shows some potential. He's the next to be traded for someone worse. McGuire for Scalabrini?

Posted by: cballer | December 12, 2008 2:24 PM

"Reggie Miller and the rest of that group I mentioned was a whole lot better then Stevenson's. If you have a ugly shot, it better go in."

It did go in the last two years, at a fairly high percentage which, as I said, would indicate that the way the shot looks isn't the problem.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 2:28 PM

Kal,

at your next meeting with ABE tell him the new slogan could be "Come see the Wizards of the future"

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 12, 2008 2:29 PM

@cj658: If it's so crystal clear that NY is so much better that the guys in front of him, why can't get on the court? Even if you claim it was Jordan that was holding him down, well he's gone now and what has NY done? All I see him doing is turning the ball over!

Posted by: tundey

Nick Young has played 417 minutes this year and has a +1 overall +/-.

DeShawn Stevenson has played 517 minutes this year and has a -140 overall +/-.

I think it's a relatively telling stat.

Posted by: psps23 | December 12, 2008 2:29 PM

(A) One guy playing defense on a lousy defensive team doesn't usually get you much (B) looking at point totals doesn't necessarily tell you how well a player was defended (esp. since a lot of the players on that list were held under their averages.)

(Not saying that Stevenson is a great defender, just pointing out throwing out point totals as a basis for "proving" he's not isn't much of an argument strategy.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 2:33 PM

Fact: You cannot win in the NBA without a point guard. There is none on the Wiz right now.

Posted by: joe2chase | December 12, 2008 2:33 PM

It also helps to have a C and a SG. Not to mention a bench and a coach.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 2:35 PM

Calling DS our best wing defender is like calling Bush our best president...not exactly a compliment.

Posted by: original_mark | December 12, 2008 2:46 PM

Stevenson has totally lost his confidence and his game at this point. I think Tapscott is making it worse by having him play as a starter. He'd do better with NY starting who can at least score and then use DSS off the bench where there is no expectation for him to score. IMO, DSS was the beneficiary of defenses collapsing on CB3 and AJ last year plus we had a legit center in BTH to set screens and get offensive boards/putbacks.

EG needs to be held accountable for not re-signing Roger Mason knowing that DSS was a marginal starting SG. The Wiz should have moved DSS in the offseason when he had some trade value and re-signed Mason to be the starter.....he's putting up great #'s in San Antonio which isn't a surprise.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 12, 2008 2:48 PM

Calling DS our best wing defender is like calling Bush our best president...not exactly a compliment.

Posted by: original_mark | December 12, 2008 2:46 PM

Mark - What is funny about that statement is did Tabscott forget he has someone by the name of DMac on the bench who can play WAY BETTER primeter defense then Stevenson any day of the week?

See this kind of talk scares me. It is almost like listening to Joe Gibbs talk about Mark Burnell and why he was never going to bench him.

Is there anybody on here who is at the practices able to tell me what is it Stevenson is doing that has Tabscott and Jordan so well fooled??????

If NY was doing the same stuff you would never see him on the floor at all. Nick can not even get into the game because before he busts a sweat Tabscott is yanking him back out.

This stuff is just crazy. Grunfield or Jordan's, which side do you think Tabscott has more alliance too? Looks like Jordan to me....... Man, he sure had me fooled.!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 12, 2008 2:57 PM

Stevenson gets the rebound, pushes the ball up court and dribbles towards Butler. DS hands the ball to... oh wait.. that was a Celtic.. Next possession

Steven brings the ball up court and passes to another Celtic on the wing who races up court. Stevenson throws up his hands and hangs his head at midcourt while every Celtic proceeds to beat his punk butt down the floor.

he had 4 turnovers in 22 minutes. He took a layup that didn't even hit the rim. It bounced right off the backboard. Jamison got the put back.

A 20 game slump in baseball for a hitter is one thing. There are 142 more games right. Basketball? well he just crapped all over his entire season.

This dude plays defense half the time. thats is. That makes him our best wing defender? wow. The Celtics scored 122 points. No one on this team should get the title of Best Defender...

Dude needs to sit down. Put him in street clothes behind the bench.

Posted by: unkonchus | December 12, 2008 3:01 PM

Nick Young has played 417 minutes this year and has a +1 overall +/-.

DeShawn Stevenson has played 517 minutes this year and has a -140 overall +/-.

I think it's a relatively telling stat.

Posted by: psps23 | December 12, 2008 2:29 PM

Thanks, for the back up. I didn't even know that stat, and that is the most telling of all. Come on folks wake up. For all you people who only see NY "turning the ball over", did you actually watch DS last night?? Talk about turnovers.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 3:05 PM

You just echo your thoughts, period. You posted your rant, about the inability to defend the 3, on at least 3 separate threads...

Posted by: -CN- | December 12, 2008 2:12 PM


That's right, I did. Glad you noticed.

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 3:07 PM

To the folks who still feel DS is the better option than NY:

You are right about one thing, DS is a seasoned vet, and we definitely want him at the game in 4th quarter crunch time. NY is too young, and Wiz fans should feel much more comfortable with DS at the line in the clutch, DS has proven he is clutch in the 4th, especially from the line...Oh wait a minute......

Posted by: cj658 | December 12, 2008 3:10 PM

"Allegiance" has nothing to do with it, and the fact that that's how people are seeing it is just a continuing manifestation of their bias and lack off perspective.

Tapscott is doing things in a similar fashion to Jordan because (as I said repeatedly when people were shi%%ing bricks over every move Jordan made that violated their own personal basketball code) . . Jordan was doing exactly what most coaches would do in a similar situation.

If a team with playoff proven veteran talent goes into a skid, the coach is going to lean more heavily on the vets and pull back the reins on the youngsters (unless the youngsters are so uber-talented and productive that they force his hand, a description that doesn't even come close to describing the Wiz kids). It's standard operating procedure for coaches and always has been.

Most coaches favor proven vets over youngsters with potential. That's one of the reasons why Seattle/Oklahoma ditched the few productive vets they had (like Kurt Thomas and Wally szczerbiak), to force Carlissimo into playing the young guys as much as possible. And what happened when (predictably) playing the raw, inexperienced youngsters resulted in a cascade of ugly losses? They fired the coach, of course!

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 12, 2008 3:24 PM

ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Sticking with Deshawn? At his BEST (his BEST), he was only worth 11 ppg. Now he gives us nothing but headaches and turnovers. Ray Allen hit 4 3's on our "best defensive stopper" in the first 6 minutes of the game. Was I the only one who watched DMac hit more shots than Eshawn(as far as i'm concerned, he has no D)! And Dmac can't shoot. But he's a helluva defender. Either start NIck or Dmac and be done with Eshawn and his stupid ass haircuts and tatoos!!!

Posted by: CBell29 | December 12, 2008 4:44 PM

ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Sticking with Deshawn? At his BEST (his BEST), he was only worth 11 ppg. Now he gives us nothing but headaches and turnovers. Ray Allen hit 4 3's on our "best defensive stopper" in the first 6 minutes of the game. Was I the only one who watched DMac hit more shots than Eshawn(as far as i'm concerned, he has no D)! And Dmac can't shoot. But he's a helluva defender. Either start NIck or Dmac and be done with Eshawn and his stupid ass haircuts and tatoos!!!

Posted by: CBell29 | December 12, 2008 4:45 PM

CJ658, the facts you state are of no significance. Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, and Majic Johnson were not true points, but they played some of the best point in the game. Extrapolating facts is good, but if we want to use that, then why isn't JM, DM, Pech, and AB all not playing more.
Why did not DB get more PT when he showed the capability to not only run the team but to hit 3's. And when he played the team played better in case you didn't notice stat man.

And this statement,

"I read all this hogwash about BTH being the remedy, and that is nonsense. He is garbage, along with Etan, and Javale (who should be solid if he gains 25 lbs in the next year or two, his athleticism and gifts aret hings Etan and BTH do not and never will have).",

is hogwash. You obviously do know what an NBA center is. ETan is not, BH and JM are and they are not garbage. JM has reach and he can jump out of the gym, but because he can do that is no reason to trash BH.

You must have been one of the BH haters from the git go and one of ones always moaning "we don't have no center", Yeah we didn't have one because Eddie Jordan kept him stuck on the bench and never gave him a fair chance to prove himself.

You can't get stats if you stuck on the bench and once you get in the game and break a sweat, you get yanked. Can't get stats that way. And what about last year stat man, when BH had to play cause EJ had no choice but to play him. Give me those stats, Stat Man. Yeah you probably say they wasn't good enough.

CJ658, sometimes the best stats in the world are the ones you cannot measure.

Wilt Chamberlain has stats in the NBA that will never be broken and he is one of my favorite all time players, but when you count NBA champioships stat man, I don't think has has the most.

Stat Man CJ658, stats might tell you some things, but they don't tell you everything.

Your stats tell you that this season is lost. "I Beg To Differ". And since you so smart wit your stats, That phrase is famous. What does it mean?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 12, 2008 6:22 PM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 12, 2008 6:45 PM

DStev's bad play is emblematic of the Wizards poor play to date. DStev ain't as bad as he's been playing and nor is the Wizards.

I wonder what all these bad negative comments will turn in too, when the Wizs turn this thing around.

And trust me they will.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 12, 2008 6:55 PM

Its simple, Deshawn is the worst SG in the NBA. If Tapscott sticks with him all year then he will be fired just like Jordan was. The 2 guys that just cant play right now are Stevenson and Etan. Those are our two worst players. I remember an announcer on ESPN or TNT said an NBA scout told him that Stevenson was "the worst starting player in the NBA". I mean thats the kind of thing you have to know and understand about your own players.

Posted by: russcarreiro@yahoo.com | December 12, 2008 9:50 PM

DS is not struggling. He's playing and producing at the level that I always expected, which is why no other team was interested in him when he was a free agent, but EG gave him a big contract because Gilby openly campaigned for him.

Nothing new there.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 12, 2008 10:28 PM

but EG gave him a big contract because Gilby openly campaigned for him.

Nothing new there.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 12, 2008 10:28 PM

This is dumb even for you. DeShawn currently makes half the mid-level exception, aka the average NBA salary. He's no good, but he's not being paid that much.

Posted by: Pradamaster | December 13, 2008 1:31 AM

"This is dumb even for you. DeShawn currently makes half the mid-level exception, aka the average NBA salary. He's no good, but he's not being paid that much.

Posted by: Pradamaster | December 13, 2008 1:31 AM "

One dollar is too much for DS.

I guess since you're so smart, you like to spend money on things not good.

Brilliant.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 13, 2008 9:22 AM

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