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#1 Lance Stephenson
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  • Indiana Pacers
  • Signed as a free agent in March 2017
  • SG
  • 6'5" / 230lbs
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  • 09/05/1990
  • USA
  • 40th pick, 2010
  • Cincinnati
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2010 NBA DraftNBADrafted 40th overall by Indiana.
22nd July, 2010NBASigned a partially guaranteed four year, $3.36 million contract with Indiana.
18th July, 2014NBASigned a three year, $27,405,000 contract with Charlotte. Included team option for 2016/17.
15th June, 2015NBATraded by Charlotte to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes.
18th February, 2016NBATraded by L.A. Clippers, along with a protected future first round pick (deferred to 2019), to Memphis in exchange for Jeff Green.
27th June, 2016NBAMemphis declined 2016/17 team option.
13th September, 2016NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
7th November, 2016NBAWaived by New Orleans.
8th February, 2017NBASigned a 10 day contract with Minnesota.
8th March, 2017NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Minnesota.
30th March, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed $12.54 million contract for the remainder of the season and through 2019 with Indiana.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2009 - 2010Cincinnati (NCAA)
June 2010 - June 2014Indiana Pacers (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2015Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
June 2015 - February 2016L.A. Clippers (NBA)
February 2016 - June 2016Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
September 2016 - November 2016New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
February 2017 - March 2017Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
March 2017 - presentIndiana Pacers (NBA)

November 29, 2017

Oladipo’s backup is also playing suitably well that the Pacers are having to find opportunities for the two to play together. A 36.8 fantasy point outing in his latest game in an eight-game stretch where, if we (generously) discounted his rogue 8.5 fantasy point performance, he has averaged 27.3. Lance can be streaky, but this is very much a hot streak right now.


November 25, 2017

While never known for his consistency, Stephenson has now recorded 20+ fantasy point nights in five out of his last six games. He is helped in this regard by the fact that the new scoring criteria do not penalise turnovers too heavily, and do not penalise scoring inefficiency at all. Nevertheless, however he does it, Stephenson is putting up the fantasy numbers for a price at which many others are not.


November 19, 2017

Stephenson does things on the court that most players would not try. It is this devil-may-care approach that gives him low-end fantasy value, yet that also makes him a very feast-or-famine type of player. He did not make more than a third of his shots in any of the first eight games of the season, and even now, only once has he put two good games together in a row – the last two. Nevertheless, from a fantasy perspective, Stephenson’s heavy diet of minutes and shots, plus his tendency to fill up the box score, gives him some relevance here, averaging 17 fantasy points over his last ten games with some high twenties performances along the way.


June 29, 2017

Lance Stephenson
SG, 6’5, 230lbs, 26 years old, 7 years of experience

Brought back mid-season to a fairly sizable contract after a lengthy bidding war against probably nobody – who goes from being unable to get a rest-of-the-season minimum salary contract to a $4 million deal for a part year’s work in under a fortnight? – Stephenson is back where he was always best, and shored up a poor bench for the brief playoff run. He brought an aggression to get to the basket and some fire, albeit a drive-and-kick game with few people to kick to was an awkward mix. Stephenson it seems will be around for a while, and if he is, then either the personnel will have to change to fit him, or he’ll be playing Charlotte-era Lanceball again soon. But at least he is back where he is happy.

Player Plan: Two years and a combined $8,154,000 remaining, the first year of which is guaranteed. Seems he’s here to stay for a while, but needs to prove next year that he is worthy of the one after.


July 6, 2010

Lance Stephenson

The Pacers are said to be considering Stephenson as a man who could possibly use up some of the readily available point guard minutes. For a man with questionable shot selection, average athleticism and a stubborn refusal to move the ball, that doesn't seem like a good idea.


June 27, 2010

Pick 40: Indiana's drafting of Lance Stephenson at 40 was missed due to a barrage of Michael Booblay music, presumbably at the behest of Stu Scott, who really does love saying the word Booblay. Lance Stephenson's best case scenario is a 42 year old Jason Richardson. Or a 14 year old Jason Richardson. His best career arc would be staying in the league for four years. He's another man who should not be here.

The Stephenson pick leads to this exchange:

Stu Scott: "Jay, his nickname is 'Born Ready.' Is he ready?"
Jay Bilas: "Well, he's got a lot of ability."

That's a no, then. Bilas then follows this up with the comment that Stephenson "needs to learn how to play", which, while true, is still a damning slant on any draftee. You can certainly continue to learn the game in the NBA, but you shouldn't have to learn all of it.