Lance Stephenson Breakout Star
Lance Stephenson finally gets to step out on his own this season, after playing his entire four year career with the Pacers–and in Paul George’s shadow. Stephenson signed a two year deal with the Charlotte Hornets that also has a third year team option. The former Cincinnati Bearcat has seen his numbers increase every year he has been in the league, and even led the NBA in triple doubles last year with five. Teaming up with Kemba Walker in the backcourt should help Stephenson’s offensive game. Let’s be honest, Walker is an upgrade over Lance’s Indiana teammate George Hill. Add in big man Al Jefferson, and the Hornets not only are a playoff team, but plan on making some noise in the shuffled Eastern Conference.
Now that Stephenson will be given more flexibility, and responsibility on the offensive end of the court, he should move up the ranks of all SG/SF’s in fantasy leagues. The stats will be there for Lance when it comes to rebounds, assists, and steals but if Stephenson can consistently make his jumpshot, and drive to the lane with controlled authority–his offensive numbers can be very good.
Currently being drafted in the late 50’s–early 60’s overall in fantasy drafts. Stephenson’s potential to be an elite fantasy player can make him a steal if he falls this late in drafts. I can see Stephenson making the leap into the top ten of fantasy shooting guards, and possibly being the steal of many drafts.