|Draft:||1st round (2000)|
|Drafted By:||Utah Jazz|
DeShawn Stevenson (born April 3, 1981 in Fresno, California) was obtained by the Mavericks in a trade along with Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler on February 13, 2010 from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Quinton Ross, Drew Gooden, Josh Howard and James Singleton.
Stevenson averaged 30.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists as a senior at Washington Union High School in Fresno. He was named a First Team Parade All-American and named to the Second Team All-USA Today Basketball Team his senior year. He starred in the 2000 McDonald's All-American High School All-Star Game and scored a game-high 25 points while also winning the slam dunk contest at the event. Despite signing a letter of intent with the University of Kansas, Stevenson opted for the NBA draft straight out of high school.
He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft and averaged 2.2 points in 40 games as a rookie while becoming, at 19 years of age, the youngest player ever to play and start a game for the Jazz. The highlight of his rookie season came during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during the 2001 NBA All-Star Weekend where he finished second to Seattle's Desmond Mason.
The next season he raised his scoring average to 4.9 points and saw action in 67 contests. It was in his fourth professional season, however, when Stevenson began to hit stride averaging 11.4 ppg and 3.7 rebounds in 80 games. He was also traded that season to the Orlando Magic where he would play for the next three seasons.
The Washington Wizards signed the 6'5 guard as a free agent before the 2005-2006 season. That season saw Stevenson become one of only twelve players in the NBA to start all 82 games. His best season as a pro came in 2007-2008, when he connected on a career-high 158 3-point field goals and averaged a career-high 3.1 assists per game. His numbers have not been as impressive, however, over the last couple of seasons and he lost his starting position.
He joined the Mavs in February of 2010 where he is expected to provide depth at the shooting guard spot. Along with him he brings one of the league's most impressive array of tatoos. He has an Abraham Lincoln tatoo on the front of his neck and a Frankenstein-esque crack that begins at his hairline and continues down the left side of his forehead.
He was a major cog in the Mavericks' World Championship run of 2011. After one season in Dallas, he signed a 2.5 million dollar one-year deal with the New Jersey Nets on December 23, 2011.
During the following offseason the Nets moved Stevenson, along with four other players, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Joe Johnson,
In addition he has the numbers 9 and 2 inked on to the back of his hands. He wore number 9 while playing in Orlando and wore number 2 in Washington. Thus the reason he asked for the number 92 when he joined Dallas.