DerMarr vs. DeShawn: A Guide for the Confused and Obsessed
In discussing our upcoming pick in Nels' fantasy basketball league for bloggers, Shoals revealed to me that he has always confused DerMarr Johnson and DeShawn Stevenson. On one level, the confusion is understandable, as the two players share many qualities. Both were McDonald's All-Americans in high school, were members of the same draft class, and they both inexplicably have a capital letter in the middle of their first names. Also, since they spent a combined one year in college and have yet to convincingly claim a starting position in the Association, they aren't on the radars of most casual fans. However, Shoals, with his obsessive devotion to the NBA, is no casual fan, and his ignorance in this matter is inexcusable. To help him overcome this problem, I have assembled the following guide.
Measurements: 6-9, 201 lbs.
Birthdate: May 5, 1980
Drafted: 6th overall, 2000
Career averages: 6.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Current NBA team: Denver Nuggets
Notable off-court incident: Was in near-fatal car accident in 2002, in which he suffered four cracked vertebrae in his neck
Measurements: 6-5, 210 lbs.
Birthdate: April 3, 1981
Drafted: 23rd overall, 2000
Career averages: 6.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Current NBA team: Orlando Magic
Notable off-court incident: Charged with statutory rape after having sex with a 14-year old girl in 2001, the summer after his rookie year
Hopefully, this won't further confuse things, but here is the same information for DoNtonio Wingfield, who also has a capital letter in the middle of his first name and who, like DerMarr Johnson, spent one year at Cincinnati before declaring for the NBA Draft.
(I was unable to find a suitable picture of DoNtonio Wingfield, so here is a picture of gay folk singer Harry Wingfield.)
Measurements: 6-8, 256 lbs.
Birthdate: June 23, 1974
Drafted: 37th overall, 1994
Career averages: 3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Current NBA team: No longer in league
Notable off-court incident: Spent one year in prison, after being convicted of assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest, and domestic violence in 1998, the year he was released by the Blazers
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