I gotta admit, my knowledge of Stephenson was rather limited prior to this year / offseason. All I knew was that he was a highly rated prep player who until last year never really lived up to the hype.
The past few days I have watched every Stephenson video on youtube and damn I was quite uninformed. This guy is a complete beast of a SG prospect. His handles, passing, defending, rebounding, finishing through contact, etc is all top notch.
I honestly have a hard time thinking of better SG prospects in the NBA id rather have. Wade and Kobe are aging and have injury concerns.
The only reason this guy doesn't average more points is because he is too unselfish. Stephenson imo can score or get buckets at will with his handle and array of moves. Not to mention creating dimes for other teammates. He was a bit overshadowed in Indy due to West and PG. I feel like here in Cha being a top option, he will average 18-22/5/5.
I am afraid we are gonna be giving this guy a big long term contract in 1-2 years. Which wont be a bad thing imo.
I was quite bummed we did not get Heyward, but now I am almost thinking Stephenson might just be potentially a better player for us overall.
I can not wait to see him and Kemba in the backcourt together.
I think Lance will be an excellent addition. His signing has revitalized the fan base's outlook on the team. His versatility we'll help in every facet. His edge will make other teams not look forward to playing us.
My only concern with Lance is his lack of explosiveness offensively. Once he gets his momentum going he's tough to stop. If he wants to be that max player though, he's got to be able to play above the rim more. For a guy who's 6'5/6'6 he puts up a lot of layups. He has a great frame, and if he gets into the weight room and works on that explosion then he'll be a top 5 player in the league.
I love what he brings to the table now and that's his only glaring weakness that I see.