DeShawn Stevenson Retires: Latest Comments and Reaction

December 19th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

More than three years after he played his last NBA game, DeShawn Stevenson has formally announced his retirement.

Stevenson spoke to Chris Haynes of about the decision Monday, saying he'd held out hope for one more NBA season but was ready to call it quits. 

"I'm happy with where I'm at and proud of what I gave to the game. It's time to move on," he said. 

The 35-year-old last played for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2012-13 season. He played for six teams across a 13-year career, averaging 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Drafted 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz in 2000, he was part of the prep-to-pro generation that eventually led to the NBA establishing a one-and-done rule.

Stevenson never became a star, but he spent the majority of his career as a starter who could bring some athleticism and ability to stretch the floor from the 2 spot. His best statistical seasons were with the Washington Wizards in 2006-07 and 2007-08, when he started all 82 games while scoring in double figures.

Stevenson was also renowned for his feisty nature, including a rivalry with LeBron James. ...

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