The physical traits are almost designed to throw the predators off their scent, just as species of the animal kingdom become masters of disguise in the wild.
You see, that's what makes Josh Pace the deadliest of the myriad breeds to grace the Bartercard National Basketball League (NBL) courts.
Those droopy eyes, lethargic swagger and that cat-lounging-on-the-hearth-in-front-of-the-fireplace look about him camouflage any suggestions species of his sort can do any meaningful harm.
But looks can be deceiving and to misinterpret his demeanour can prove to be a grave mistake, something many NBL teams have found to their detriment this season.
The HBS Bank Hawks American import blends into the temperamental facade - an expression devoid of smiles but in the blink of an eye the 27-year-old small forward can slip on his game face.
His hearing can sometimes come across a little impaired, too. Mention anything that is likely to diminish his or the Hawks' collective prowess and he'll ask a rhetorical question.
Having summed up the attributes the Hawks need - aggressiveness, confidence, physicality - as a team, Pace finds it abrasive to have Waikato US import Jason Crowe's performance last Friday night juxtaposed in the same breath.
Pace: "Say that again?"
Q: "Jason Crowe did all that, didn't he?"
Pace: "Did what all that?"
He isn't convinced, arguing it wasn't Crowe but the Waikato team's confidence that did the damage on the foundation of seven victories.
"Jason Crowe's Jason Crowe. He's always been like that. I've played against him for many years and he's confident and there's nothing wrong with that," he says, adding Crowe feeds off emotion, which is commendable.
"I'm from America and I've seen worse than that when teams win so we'll have to take that challenge," he says, confident the Hawks will be ready for them if they cross paths next time.
The champion basketballer's deception is further accentuated by his awkwardness in the way he approaches the backboard to deposit the ball into the hoop.
The left hand weaving its magic is as maladroit as it is mesmerising.
One thing's for sure, you can't argue with his statistics and the consistency with which he delivers.
With 435 minutes of game time after 13 matches, the versatile 1.96m playmaker from Georgia averages 20.1 points a game in the NBL this season.
He averages 56 per cent in field goals and collects an envious six rebounds and a frugal turnover rate of 1.9 a game.
"I just let the basketball game come to me. I don't force anything. I play to my team and what we need at the moment.
"Recently we needed me to score and I don't have any problems with that but, you know, you never know what happens," he says, adding there may be days when he doesn't fire so consequently everyone needs to be on a roll.
"I'm playing well right now but it's not a given," says the former Syracuse University team player who vowed at the end of last season to wrap up some unfinished business after the Hawks timidly bowed out in the semifinals against the Wellington Saints in the semifinals in the capital city.
"I think we've had a great start to the season. One thing that people have to understand or those who haven't been around the game is that in the league you are not going to go through undefeated," says Pace, who spearheaded the South East Texas Mavericks team to the 2010 ABA championship bragging rights, appropriately claiming the MVP honours. Having lost three games and playing musical chairs among the top three rungs of the NBL ladder, the Hawks, Pace believes are not in a bad position.
"When we were undefeated it was a great set up for us not to worry about making the play-offs but now we just want to do well in the couple of games we have left."
Not wanting to take anything away from the Pistons' demolition job in Napier in the previous round, Pace reckons the Hawks were catalysts when Waikato got their tails up.
"They made a run and we didn't respond to that.
"To work so hard to get back into the game and then just giving up like that was just like a waste of energy and time."
It's imperative, he feels, for a team such as the Hawks to understand things won't just happen for them.
"We've got to come out to play 100 per cent, be aggressive and have confidence in ourselves the entire game," he says, adding the Hawks will have problems with teams such as the Pistons, Saints and the Nelson Giants.
Labelling the Saints a "great team", Pace reckons tonight's game will come down to the wire.
"People should come and check out the game because it's going to be a good one," says Pace, who started his NBL career with the Giants in 2006 before helping them to a title in the following season.
Veterans Paora Winitana and US import forward Galen Young are court savvy while Pace is also comfortable here in his second year with the franchise.
"Other guys in Napier and Hawke's Bay know me too so it's my job to speak up," he says, sharing the role of revving up the Hawks in the changing room at halftime, especially when the chips are down.
"Import or not it's my second year and the type of team we have ... we need other guys to step up," he explains, adding not having the anticipated vision and nous of coach and champion New Zealand Breakers-winning captain Paul Henare makes it a little trickier.
"When you coach and playing it's a different feeling on the sidelines," he says, emphasising it's crucial to communicate on and off the court.
Happy with his individual input and also the team's position, Pace doesn't want the Hawks to peak too early.
Incremental improvements in the season so far have been encouraging.
"Every day we come to practice to try to get better. We might take a step down with a loss here and there but we'll try to get better," he says with the hope of cutting the net off the rim at the end of the season.
"Our practices are better than our games. We're more aggressive, more focused so we've got to bring our practices to our games," Pace says, stressing it's vital to give back something to their PG Arena faithful in the next few home games of the season.
Hawks, Saints, Pistons and Giants, he feels, are similar in constitution with their athleticism, coaches and systems.
"Especially Waikato and Wellington because they are mirror images of each other."
* HBS BANK HAWKS: Jarrod Kenny (c), Paora Winitana, Josh Pace*, Arthur Trousdell, Galen Young*.
Bench: Chris Daniel (possible), Aidan Daly, Ben Hill, Morgan Natanahira, Ben Valentine, Czebalos Smiler.
* WELLINGTON SAINTS: Lindsay Tait, Corey Webster, Leon Henry, Casey Frank, Kareem Johnson*.
Bench: Troy McLean (c), Erron Maxey, Steve Adams, George Le'afa, Dion Prewster, Jordan Mills, Jordan Ngatai.
* denotes import players.