After watching last night's game, I really don't think this kid will ever be a consistently productive NBA player. After watching last night's game, he'd probably be the first guy I'd cut. I think we can learn a lot from comparing him to two other players who were on the floor last night: Danny Granger and Julian Wright.
To earn minutes as a youngster in the NBA, you need to either play on a crappy team or specialize and give the coach a reason to put you on the floor. When Danny came into the NBA, he was a fairly well-rounded player, but his calling card, at first, was defense. As his career progressed, he became a very good shooter. Now he seems to be trying to develop his ability to attack the basket and finish. Hopefully the next thing he'll add is attacking and then passing to set up his teammates. The point is that he is developing his game in stages.
Julian Wright was a player that didn't impress me coming out of college. His athleticism was obvious, but he seemed far to unskilled to develop into much of an NBA player. He earned minutes with the Hornets by providing two things: defense and energy. He's still not a skilled offensive player, but, after watching last night's game, it's apparent that he's been working on his jump shot. He's going to push guys like Peja, MoPete, and Posey for playing time. They may even play small ball with him at PF just to get him on the floor.
Then you come to Shawne. What is Shawne really good at? What one skill does he have that sets him apart? What does he do better than other players at his position on our team? What areas of his game have significantly improved since he's been in the NBA? When I watch him I understand why we drafted him. He's a fluid athlete with beautiful jumpshot. At times he looks like the kind of player who could develop into a star. Most of the time, however, all you notice are the things he doesn't do. He doesn't play great defense. He doesn't give the team an energy boost when he comes onto the floor. He doesn't move well enough without the ball to get himself open. He doesn't have a go-to move that allows him to get his jumpshot off uncontested. He's not a great passer. His rebounding is adequate to above average, but not spectacular. Also, in all the fluff PR pieces about different guys who are working really hard and having great summers/training camps, I've never seen one about Shawne. When you combine all this with his off the court issues, he just doesn't really seem worth it anymore.