Shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson came to coach Ed Tapscott today and told him that maybe it’s best for the team that he move out of the starting lineup. Stevenson, who holds the second-longest starting streak (275 games) in the NBA, went scoreless in 15 minutes of play last night. And for the season, he’s averaging just 7.6 points on 31 percent shooting.
Tapscott called Stevenson’s move gracious and selfless. The team tried a couple of different combinations in practice today. One had Dominic McGuire at small forward and Caron Butler at shooting guard. Another had Nick Young at shooting guard and Butler back at his normal position of small forward. Tapscott said that he will review things with his staff and make a decision by tomorrow morning’s shoot-around in Charlotte.
My gut says he’ll go with Mike James and Caron Butler in the back court and Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche and Antawn Jamison in the front court. Caron has played shooting guard more frequently in spots this season. And McGuire is steadily earning more playing time and making solid contributions. Butler said after practice that he’s comfortable at shooting guard and likes that he can take advantage of his size and post up on smaller guards.