Skipping Antawn Jamison for now because I want to write more about him, and I don't have too much time. -PM
After a truly awful final month of the season overshadowed five months of solid work, the Wizards rewarded DeShawn Stevenson with a new 4 year/15 million dollar contract. In effect, despite the last month of the season, the Wizards picked him, and continuity, over Juan Carlos Navarro, the more intriguing player. This season, Stevenson will be the first holdover starting shooting guard since the first year of Eddie Jordan's tenure, which has to count for something.
In our community evaluation, we agreed that Stevenson was nothing more than a below-average starter at best. His supposed great perimeter defense was really about average last year, and while he improved significantly offensively, there's not much upside there. Down the road, I think Ernie Grunfeld is hoping Stevenson will eventually become a backup, which is why he picked Nick Young in the draft. For this season, however, Young isn't ready to start, and it's debatable whether he'll ever reach that point, so Stevenson will be the first-stringer once again.
Stevenson's had a pretty bad preseason, so there's reason to worry a little bit. Then again, it is just preseason.
Okay, enough of that. Time to predict his numbers. Put your predictions in the comments section of this post. I'm putting both traditional and advanced numbers out there for reference.
For the traditionalists:
2006/07: 11.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 46.1 FG%, 40.4 3PT%, 70.4 FT%.
For the statheads:
2006/07: 15.2 P/40, 3.6 R/40, 3.6 A/40, 51.0 eFG%, 54.2 TS%, 12.9 PER.
Predict as little or as much in the comments as you like.