Will DeShawn Stevenson Be Back in Dallas Come 2011-12 NBA Season?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer INovember 10, 2011

DeShawn Stevenson.
DeShawn Stevenson.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

One player that the Dallas Mavericks should consider re-signing is veteran guard/forward DeShawn Stevenson. Stevenson is currently an unrestricted free agent that helped the Mavericks with his three-point shooting, toughness, and defensive prowess, something which the team did not have in previous years.

Stevenson was controversial in the sense of his hand gestures after making a basket, his tattoos, and his overall attitude on the court, but it was something that allowed the Mavericks to shed the “soft” images of the past and enter the 2011 Finals with a new swagger.

Stevenson entered the NBA in 2000 coming out of high school and was selected by the Utah Jazz, with whom he spent three-and-a-half seasons, including playing in five playoff games, before he was traded to the Orlando Magic with a future second-round draft pick in exchange for Gordan Giricek

Stevenson spent two-and-a-half seasons in Orlando, and averaged 11.0 points per game for the 2005-06 NBA season, before deciding to sign a two-year contract offer with the Washington Wizards.

With the Wizards, Stevenson became more of a shooter and did more scoring playing alongside the likes of Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas. In 2007, he signed a four-year contract extension after averaging 11.2 points per game in his first season with the team.

After two-and-a-half seasons, Stevenson was traded along with Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross. Stevenson was no longer needed in Washington, and eventually found a role with the Mavericks.

Stevenson was not much of a factor for the remainder of the 2009-10 NBA season in Dallas, but became a factor in 2010-11, where he started 54 games and was counted on for defensive purposes rather than offensive statistics. As a result, he became an important player for the Mavericks last year.

Stevenson may have multiple suitors as an unrestricted free agent, and at this time it is hard to predict whether he will stay with the Mavericks. If he opts to stay in Dallas, he knows what is needed of him.