The Atlanta Hawks are indubitably led by Al Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague this season, but are also one of the deepest teams in the NBA in terms of their quality role players. Guys like Kyle Korver, John Jenkins and Ivan Johnson have all come up big at various times throughout the season. However, one role player that has been terrible is DeShawn Stevenson.
Stevenson, in his 13th season in the NBA, has never been a player that is going to contribute substantially on the offensive end of the floor. That’s why he has averaged just 7.2 points and 1.6 assists per game on 40.7 percent shooting and 34.2 percent 3-point shooting for his career. Most of his success has come on defense throughout his career.
However, Stevenson hasn’t been effective on either offense or defense this season for the Hawks, despite averaging 20.8 minutes per game of playing time. For the year, he has averaged just 5.3 points and one assist per game on just 39 percent shooting from the field and 37.7 percent from three. Moreover, he’s had just a 103.9 defensive rating for the season.
Things have just gotten worse for Stevenson as the season has gone on. Over his last seven games, he has had about the same defensive rating, and has been much worse offensively. He has averaged just 3.1 points and 0.9 assists per game in 21.2 minutes per game, while shooting just 27.3 percent from the field and only 19 percent from long range. That’s just atrocious.
As the Hawks head into the postseason and try and get some of their players healthy, they should seriously consider burying Stevenson on the bench. He hasn’t been effective on either end of the floor for them all season. In fact, he’s been pretty bad on both ends of the floor. There’s no reason he should still be playing 20 minutes per game.