Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: Shelvin Mack
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Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky
Born Date: 4/22/1990
True Position: Point Guard (1)
411: Shelvin Mack is a hard working basketball player who understands all too well about the grinding it takes to fulfill his goals of being a fixture at point guard in the NBA. A media arts major while at Butler, Shelvin, like many young men in his age group, has a fascination with video games. Shelvin’s preference is the Xbox 360 and his favorite games are Madden football and 2K basketball. If you would like to play against Shelvin on Xbox Live listen to this interview as he gives out his Xbox domain name as well as describe his journey in the NBA to this juncture.
Basketball Background: Shelvin began making a name for himself as a basketball player while attending Bryan Station High School in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky where he was voted All-Region four consecutive years, All-District three consecutive years, and a two time All-State performer. As a senior at Bryan Station High School, Shelvin averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 4 steals per game, leading the Defenders in every offensive category and steals on the way to a 30-3 record. Bryan Station High School would win the District championship that season (2008) along with being ranked number 1 in the state while Shelvin would be a finalist for Kentucky Player of the Year honors.
Shelvin’s magical basketball career would continue at Butler where in his sophomore season he was voted First Team All-Horizon League after averaging 14 points, 3 assists and 1.4 steals per game; ranking second on the team in each of those categories. That season Butler would make the first of its back-to-back national title game appearances. Shelvin’s numbers would increase in his senior season at Butler as he led the team in assists at 3.4 per game while finishing second on the team in scoring averaging 16 points per contest. Shelvin would be voted Second Team All-Horizon League on the way to leading Butler to their second consecutive national championship game in which he tallied 13 points, 9 rebounds and a block in a loss to Connecticut. Following his junior season at Butler,
Shelvin decided to forgo his senior season as he declared for the 2011 NBA Draft. Shelvin was taken early in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards with the 34th overall pick. After one season with the Wizards where Shelvin saw about 12 minutes per game, averaging just shy of 4 points and 2 assists in 64 appearances, he was waived by the team. He was then drafted to the NBA D-League by the Maine Red Claws. He first stint with the Red Claws was short lived as Shelvin was re-signed by the Wizards a couple months later before being waived again by the team and reacquired by the Red Claws two days later. Ten days forward, he was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers to two ten-day contracts before he rejoined the Red Claws for a third time. Shelvin was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game in February before eventually joining the Atlanta Hawks for the remainder of the season.
Expectations: Shelvin has a high basketball IQ and has grown to be known as a player who works hard to stick around in the NBA. He has been a proven winner at every level of basketball he has participated on. Expect Shelvin to continue to compete as he fights for back up point guard duties with rookie Dennis Schröder and veteran Royal Ivey. Being only 23 years of age, Shelvin can definitely provide energy off the bench along with contributing to the defense as he continues to work to become better in that area. Shelvin is a solid player and can be expected to add depth to a position that has been shallow on the Hawks roster.
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