Atlanta Hawks: Q and A with DeShawn Stevenson

Vivlamore reporting before Thursday’s practice.

Here is a brief interview I did with veteran guard DeShawn Stevenson who came over from the Nets in the Joe Johnson trade. He was part of the Mavericks’ NBA championship team in 2011.

Q. What were your thoughts about being traded to the Hawks?

A. I thought it was a good situation. I play better on playoff teams. I think this is a great playoff-caliber team. We’ve got great pieces. Me coming here, I was very excited. I think we have a lot of talent on this team and can do something good.

Q. When the trade happened, did you immediately start breaking down the roster to see where you would fit in?

A. Not really because I’m a veteran. It’s 82 games. You can be hot, you cannot be hot and at the end of the season be hot again. It’s all about being physically and mentally ready. I know this team. I’ve been in the league for 13 years. It’s always been a talented team and they need guy to go out there and be a defensive presence.

Q. A defensive stopper, is that what they told you your role would be?

A. I think that is my role. That’s why I’ve been in the league so long. I’ve always been blessed to know my role and go out there and do the things I do. Everybody knows, defense is one of those things.

Q. Coach Drew has expressed that as much as this will be an up-tempo team, you’ll need to defend as a unit. I assume you agree with that?

A. We are going to have to, especially in the East with LeBron, D-Wade, Paul Pierce, Mello, all those guys. The East is pretty stacked. For us to go out there we always have to stop somebody.

Q. You’ll have to defend some of those bigger guys. How to you attack that?

A. I think I did that in Dallas. Me and Shawn Marion would switch up. Sometimes it was Shawn Marion guarding the big guys, sometimes it was me. I was blessed over there where [Mavs coach] Rick Carlisle put me in that situation. I just go out there and do the things I know I can do.

Q. What are your impressions of how far this team can go this season?

A. It’s too early but I think we are going to make a lot of people surprised. We’ve got a lot of key guys, a lot of shooters, lock-up defenders. Josh [Smith] and I can switch out. We’ve got a lot of pieces. We’ve got to see if we can play with each other though.

Q. Have you ever been on a team with this many shooters?

A. Dallas.

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36 comments Add your comment

D. Ransby

October 4th, 2012
8:18 am

Looks like DeShawn has the right approach coming into his 13th season. The defensive presence he brings is very much needed with our absence of size at the 2 and 3 positions. It will be interesting to see how many minutes LD will allow him in the rotation. I think, game to game, it will be subject to change. If we can be 85 percent of the defensive team we were last year, we will make a deep playoff push…

Big Ray

October 4th, 2012
8:41 am

Stevenson is the kind of veteran player we’ve always needed. I liked Damien Wilkins when he was here, but I like Stevenson even better. Truly a gritty, very tough minded veteran defender who is fearless.

If Pape Sy is still around, Stevenson can teach him a thing or two, perhaps. Same for Damion James, a guy I thought we should not have traded the rights to. I think Damion James, who was lost in the travesty formerly known as the New Jersey Nets, has a better shot at contributing for us than James Anderson. Of course, this remains to be seen.

Really looking forward to seeing what Josh can do, especially if he improves that 15-18 foot jumper and leaves the 20 and 21 footers alone. Dude can put up 20 and 10, but I think he’s really a 18/11 or 18/12 player on a team that has a lot of shooters. That’s all-start level performance though, considering he’ll also get 3+ assists and probably around 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. You can’t beat that.

doc

October 4th, 2012
8:51 am

vava where was the video i missed?

vava74

October 4th, 2012
9:31 am

doc,

What are you referring to?

AG

October 4th, 2012
9:50 am

I hope Drew is very open to letting the guys earn a starting job.

i_am_soulstar

October 4th, 2012
9:51 am

Q. Have you ever been on a team with this many shooters?

A. Dallas.

Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitski, Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakavic of the 2011 Champ Squad.

Point well taken.

doc

October 4th, 2012
10:00 am

from this vava:

vava74

October 4th, 2012
2:57 am

My observations of the training camp footage that was inserted in the interviews:

James Anderson will NOT make the team. Benson did a good coverage on that block (he moves his feet well), but Anderson showed that he has not regained his lift/speed.

Benson’s block did look nice, but Anderson was like a snail down the paint, so I will not interpret it yet as a sign that he is actually looking good.

DeShawn looked very very fit.

Morrow seems to know how to use the Jamal leg kick when he shoots his three pointers. Too bad that this year he might be fined for that under the new flopping rule.

Korver hit that corner 3, as you would expect him to do.

Petro is probably one of the most expensive to maintain salt statues in the world. Horford blew by him like he was made of cardboard.

Horford looked more decisive with the rock on his hands (didn’t do his 5 second jab step) but Petro as the opponent is not a good enough reference.

vava74

October 4th, 2012
10:03 am

doc,

How the hell will I know what videos you missed!

I watched the day 2 videos on nba.com/hawks and the clips allowed that preliminary analysis. Watch them again and look for the points I observed!

vava74

October 4th, 2012
10:06 am

And guys, we have a very very serious matter to discuss over here. Really serious.

Does this blog now have a problem with PEDs???

We are seeing production levels from C-Viv which are not consistent with him being clean.

He is posting too fast, being too informative, well above past seasons’ averages. Even when we had our slugger Sekou.

Who’s the commissioner of this joint? We need a drug policy !!

Mike is Back

October 4th, 2012
10:17 am

CV, I remember DeShawn going back to days with the Wiz…he has always been a hard nose defender…he gotta lil Ivan in him.lol

Another good savvy VETS…really like what I’m hearing from the new addition to the team…IT ALL DEPENDS ON LD!!

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

doc

October 4th, 2012
10:18 am

vava, i was asking if they were immersed in this blog somewhere. thanks for the location of what you were looking to, somewhere else than here.

beone

October 4th, 2012
10:28 am

Vava, Love your comment about PEDs. C-Viv is the man for sure. Looks like he really wants this gig.

vava74

October 4th, 2012
10:28 am

The Bearded Triad:

Ivan, Damion and DeShawn

Our bench will look really cool if Damion sticks around with a “degradé” of bearded dudes going from 6′8” (Ivan), 6′7” (Damion) and 6′6” (DeShawn).

OK, DeShawn is only 6′5” but he can use a wedge.

Astro Joe

October 4th, 2012
10:37 am

Q. When the trade happened, did you immediately start breaking down the roster to see where you would fit in?

A. Not really because I have an ATM machine in my house and I was mostly excited to get a new contract and have the ability to place fresh, new bills in my cash machine. Who cares about playing time, fit, and all of that nonsense. I’m hanging on to my NBA career by a thread… I’m just thrilled to have a paycheck, dude.

doc

October 4th, 2012
10:41 am

well, i can see there is a lot of talent on display there vava, a little something for everyone through the video work of the hawks franchise:

http://www.nba.com/hawks/video/2012/07/27/2012CheerAuditionsEpisode4720pmp-2169624

doc

October 4th, 2012
10:43 am

ahh, fun to have the creative and assertive AJ in mid season form. it doesnt take much to stir him up. ;-)

nailing it.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 4th, 2012
10:45 am

Enter your comments here

BravesFan79

October 4th, 2012
10:48 am

Thanks for putting notes on how practice looked Vava/ Doc. But who really cares how Anderson, Benson look, they will never get off the bench anyways. And as a big Hawks/ GT/ Braves/ Falcons fan i think Morrow will be a big part of the team and would rather see Korver traded in the future than Morrow. Go Braves!

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 4th, 2012
10:59 am

Former richbrave here.

Early reports from the WIZARDS camp are that JORDAN CRAWFORD has stepped up his all-around game.

We’ll see what thet means defensively. Anyrhing other than an ‘ole’ matador approach to ‘d’ would constitute improvement.

On offense, if he becomes less of a volume shooter, and more of an assist-machine, that alone would spell ‘improvement.’ We’ll know soon enough. Old habits, especially bad ones, are hard to break.

JENNERO PARGO in to replace JOHN WALL temporarily. Nothing from camp on his performances to this point.

There is a 15th slot open at this point which PARGO, STEVEN GRAY, and SHELVIN MACK will contend over.

But the WIZ say they’re happy going into the season with an empty spot on the roster if neither impresses.

However, counting CHRIS SINGLETON who arrived in D.C. by way of the HAWKS pick last year, it’s looking like ATLANTA-North early on this season in the DMV.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 4th, 2012
11:07 am

DeSHAWN came to the WIZ under the ARENAS-run tean that GRUNFELD built for then owner ABE POLLIN.

I never thought he showed his true potential in D.C., but he sure showed his azz with all that woofing he did during the play-off series with the CAVS for two years hand-running. I personally was glad to see him gone, but the defense really languished with him elsewhere.

My comment then is that the HAWKS have a solid hard-nosed defender with limited offensive capacity IF age has not taken it’s toll. DeSHAWN is getting pretty long in the tooth.

Buddy Grizzard

October 4th, 2012
11:08 am

“Collins on the floor, who by not being an offensive threat by any stretch of imagination lead the CHI defense to close on him all the time.”

Vava this agrees with my primary criticism of LD, that he plays horrible players like Collins ahead of legit players like Zaza. If Zaza had played 30 mpg in that series, the Bulls could not have ignored him like they did Collins.

“Petro is probably one of the most expensive to maintain salt statues in the world.”

The new Collins? 20 MPG?

MsDee

October 4th, 2012
11:16 am

Is it me or do I see similarities between us and the Spurs??

Tony Parker = Devin Harris (both are quick, to-the-basket type PG)

Stephen Jackson = DeShawn Stevenson (both are defensive specialists plus can hit the 3)

Boris Diaw = Mike Scott (both are considered being small in height yet skilled PF/C)

Manu Ginobili = Lou Williams (both are great at making contact for and1’s to the hoop plus can score the ball at will..also both are excellent free throw shooters)

Dejuan Blair =Ivan Johnson (both are small in height but big in heart and hustle)

Matt Bonner = Kyle Korver (1 dimensional excellent shooters…need I say more??)

Gary Neal = John Jenkins (both are excellent shooters)

Tim Duncan =..(ok may not be = but anyways)= Horford

No Teague or Josh comparisons tho..

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 4th, 2012
11:22 am

The HAWKS picked up two excellent future players in MIKE SCOTT and JOHN JENKINS.

I saw SCOTT perform for UVA on several occasions, and though no scout, he performed admirably to my eyes.

The tape I’ve see on JENKINS shows a deadly long-range shooter. Look for him to be crowded by defenses early on as he attempts to adjust to NBL play. He has potential to create his own shot. I think he will shoot well on the move.

vava74

October 4th, 2012
11:30 am

BravesFan79,

Ferry said that it would put emphasis on player development.

James, Anderson and Benson are reclamation projects, being that two of them are former Hawks’ picks and Anderson was selected by a front office where Ferry had a prominent role.

The fact that even if they stick around they will hardly play does not mean that they cannot be assets for the Hawks.

Section 303

October 4th, 2012
12:09 pm

Stephenson was a good pick up in the Joe Johnson trade. I think he will fit on this team. He has always been tough and he seems to make defense a priority.

doc

October 4th, 2012
12:47 pm

sup ghost?

i dont like the braves having go at it with the cards. thy always seem to win the meaningful games against us.

ECF or Bust

October 4th, 2012
12:49 pm

went to the link and got Hawks cheerleaders….huh?
who’s the girl on the Hawks team with the long hair?
man I’d hate to have to match up with her and have that mop flopping aroung and smacking me in the face…that’s just rude,dude.

AG

October 4th, 2012
2:36 pm

Has anyone read… care about what is going on with Marvin?

Ra'mon

October 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

Astro Joe

October 4th, 2012
2:55 pm

I’m so happy that he is now “Mid Range Shawty”.

http://courtvisionanalytics.com/the-long-two-and-josh-smith/

Buddy Grizzard

October 4th, 2012
2:56 pm

Ra’mon, that trade was horrible for Utah. It obviously had to do with Corbin wanting to coach a different point guard. They’ve got Burks and Hayward, two young studs they need to develop. Now they’re going to take away minutes from those two and give them to a known bust. Thank goodness Corbin was there to take Marvin’s contract. Sucker born every minute.

Buddy Grizzard

October 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

Gordan Hayward was absolutely killing us last year when Utah came to town. Please bench him and play Marvin when the Hawks play Utah this year.

I MUS WRITE

October 4th, 2012
3:24 pm

Astro Joe, you wild’n out today….LOL “I have an ATM in my house …” -Funny

Ra'mon

October 4th, 2012
3:31 pm

Buddy, it wasn’t a terrible deal for Utah because they had just acquired Mo Williams. Soon as they got Mo, you knew that Devin would be dealt. They’re taking a 2 year chance on a player with all of the ATHLETIC ability, but who hasn’t mentally put it together yet. And they will get a chance to see if its because of Marvin or if its because of LD & Woodson. But it is safe to say that their defense did improve with the acquisition of Mo and Marvin to go with Favors and Jefferson.

Buddy Grizzard

October 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

Buddy Grizzard

October 4th, 2012
3:33 pm

Haha Ra’mon like I said, please please please play Marvin and leave Hayward on the bench, Ty Corbin.