Lance Stephenson

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Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson 2018.jpg
Stephenson with the Pacers in March 2018
No. 6 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-09-05) September 5, 1990 (age 28)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Abraham Lincoln
(Brooklyn, New York)
College Cincinnati (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102014 Indiana Pacers
2014–2015 Charlotte Hornets
2015–2016 Los Angeles Clippers
2016 Memphis Grizzlies
2016 New Orleans Pelicans
2017 Minnesota Timberwolves
20172018 Indiana Pacers
2018–present Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lance Stephenson Jr. (born September 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Lincoln High School in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn,[1] where he was named Mr. New York Basketball after his senior year and appeared in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game. He was drafted with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers and played for the franchise until signing with the Charlotte Hornets in 2014. After three years splitting time with the Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves, Stephenson returned to the Pacers in 2017. In 2018, he joined the Lakers.

High school career[edit]

Stephenson first caught the attention of scouts at age 12, when Clark Francis, a talent evaluator, saw him play at Rumble in the Bronx AAU tournament. And before his first year of high school, he attended the Adidas ABCD Camp, where he challenged O. J. Mayo to a one-on-one game.[2]

In the summer of 2005, Stephenson enrolled at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, but he only attended the school for three days, before the school lost in the championship game of a youth league and he did not win the tournament MVP. The following week, Stephenson did not return to classes at Bishop Loughlin, and was attending Abraham Lincoln High School near his home in Coney Island.[2] National Basketball Association players Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair, and future Seton Hall University star Isaiah Whitehead had also attended and played basketball at Lincoln High. Head coach Dwayne Morton said, "{Stephenson} always talked about outdoing Sebastian, outdoing Stephon," and called him "The best I've ever had at Lincoln."[3] Stephenson went on to lead the Railsplitters to the city title that year.

Lincoln High repeated as champions his sophomore and junior years, while Stephenson won back-to-back Player of the Year honors from the New York Daily News. As a sophomore, he was the youngest player featured in the movie Gunnin' for That No. 1 Spot, which followed eight high school basketball prospects.[4] In 2007 as a high school junior he was named to the annual USA Today's All-USA boys basketball team, the only non-senior to be given that honor.[5]

In July 2008, Stephenson tried out for the United States national team's under-18 team, but was cut because of chemistry reasons.[2]

On February 15, 2009, Stephenson passed fellow Lincoln High School alumnus Telfair's previous record of 2,785 points in the Brooklyn borough title game to become the all-time leading scorer for high school basketball in New York State.[6] In March 2009, Stephenson led Lincoln High to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) class AA championship. Stephenson scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 78–56 final win against John F. Kennedy, and helped Lincoln become the first school in city history to win four straight titles.[3]

Stephenson's high school career ended in the New York State semifinal, where Rice High School beat Lincoln 77–50, and Stephenson was held to 12 points by Rice's Durand Scott, who also beat out Stephenson for the Daily News' New York City player of the year honor.[7] He ended his career with 2,946 points.[2]

In April 2009, Stephenson played in the McDonald's All-American Game, finishing with 12 points, six assists and three steals.[8]

Recruiting[edit]

In early 2009, Stephenson chose Kansas, St. John's and Maryland as his finalists,[9] but he canceled two announcements, and his father said that he had narrowed his choice to Maryland and Arizona.[10]

His official visit to Maryland in February came under scrutiny after he was given a tour of the Under Armour headquarters during his visit. This may have constituted a recruiting violation, as Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is a Maryland graduate and on the university's board of trustees, and by NCAA rules, "representative of the institution's athletics interests" or a booster.[11]

Stephenson initially told reporters he would announce which college he would be attending following the PSAL title game in March, but delayed the announcement until the McDonald's All-American Game on April 1, saying, "I already know where I'm going. This is not the right place [to make an announcement]."[12] On March 31, Stephenson, who had been expected to commit to Kansas during the All-American game's media event, instead announced that he would delay the announcement again.

In April 2009, another top recruit Xavier Henry, who had been released from his commitment to Memphis after coach John Calipari left to take the Kentucky job, announced he would play for Kansas. Because Henry's commitment put Kansas at the 13-scholarship limit under NCAA rules, it ruled out a scholarship offer for Stephenson.[13]

On May 20, the last day of the late signing period, Stephenson had not signed a letter of intent, but his father Lance Sr. told USA Today that he would not make a decision until his sexual assault case from October was resolved. The day before, a judge had adjourned his case until June 29.[10]

On June 30, Andy Katz of ESPN.com reported that Stephenson signed a financial aid agreement with the University of Cincinnati, and he joined the Bearcats for the 2009–10 season.[14]

College career[edit]

Stephenson playing for Cincinnati in March 2010

Questions remained over Stephenson's eligibility because of his involvement in his documention, but on November 6, 2009, the NCAA cleared him to play in Cincinnati's season opener against Prairie View A&M University on November 15 without missing any games.[15] In his only season at Cincinnati, Stephenson started 32 of 34 games and averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He scored a season-best 23 points and made a season-high 11 field goals in 17 attempts against Georgetown on March 6, 2010. He was the leading scorer among Big East freshmen and was named Big East Rookie of the Year.[16] On April 7, 2010, Stephenson announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA draft.[17]

Professional career[edit]

Indiana Pacers (2010–2014)[edit]

Stephenson was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 40th pick in the 2010 NBA draft.[18] He did not make his NBA debut until February 27, 2011, in a 110–108 loss to the Phoenix Suns.[19] In four minutes, he recorded two points, two assists and one rebound.[20] He had been in uniform five times before making his debut, but had not received an opportunity due to being the third point guard on the team.[19] He played in 12 regular-season games before being demoted for violating team rules in early April. His ongoing immaturity issues were to blame.[21]

In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Stephenson was a fixture in the first half of the season playing in 32 of the first 35 games, but fell out of the picture in the second half of the season, making just 10 appearances in the final 31. In the regular-season finale on April 25, with the third seed clinched and Danny Granger and Leandro Barbosa given the night off to nurse injuries, Stephenson started for the first time and scored 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting, playing 35 minutes without a turnover. He had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter, but the Pacers fell short against the Chicago Bulls, losing 92–87.[22][23]

With Danny Granger out injured for the majority of the 2012–13 season, Stephenson had a breakthrough year. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game during the regular season. He improved to 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds during the playoffs, although his shooting percentages dropped in all categories.[24] On April 14, 2013, he scored a season-high 22 points against the New York Knicks.[25] In game six of the Pacers' second-round playoff series against the Knicks, Stephenson scored a career-best 25 points.[25]

Stephenson had another breakout season in 2013–14, posting career highs across the board in his second year in a starting role.[26] On November 11, 2013, he scored 13 points with career highs of 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his first career triple-double as the Pacers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 95–79.[27][28] He had his second career triple-double eleven days later, recording 10 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds in a 97–82 win over the Boston Celtics.[29] On December 22, 2013, he recorded his third career triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 106–79 win over the Celtics.[30] On January 16, 2014, Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points in a 117–89 win over the Knicks.[31] He finished the regular season with a league-high five triple-doubles,[32][33] and finished second in NBA Most Improved Player Award voting.[34] The Pacers entered the playoffs as the first seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the conference finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat for the second straight year. His unusual tactics made headlines during the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat,[35] including blowing in the ear of LeBron James during a game five win.[36]

Following the 2013–14 season, the Pacers offered him a five-year, $44 million contract, but instead Stephenson opted to test the market, believing that he was worth more.[35]

Charlotte Hornets (2014–2015)[edit]

On July 18, 2014, Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.[37][38] On November 7, 2014, Stephenson won the game for the Hornets in double overtime with a buzzer-beating three-point shot to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 122–119, finishing with his first double-double as a Hornet with 17 points and 13 rebounds.[39] On January 14, 2015, against the San Antonio Spurs, Stephenson returned from a 14-game absence due to a pelvic sprain.[40]

Los Angeles Clippers (2015–2016)[edit]

On June 15, 2015, Stephenson was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes.[41] On December 2, 2015, he scored a then season-high 19 points in a loss to his former team, the Indiana Pacers.[42]

Memphis Grizzlies (2016)[edit]

On February 18, 2016, Stephenson was traded, along with a future first-round pick, to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jeff Green.[43] On March 11, 2016, he scored a career-high 33 points in a 121–114 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[44]

New Orleans Pelicans (2016)[edit]

On September 14, 2016, Stephenson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[45] After sustaining a groin injury on November 4[46][47] and being subsequently ruled out for six to 10 weeks,[48] the Pelicans waived Stephenson on November 7.[49]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2017)[edit]

On February 8, 2017, Stephenson signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[50] On February 14, 2017, in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stephenson suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain.[51] On March 8, 2017, after recovering from the injury, Stephenson signed a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves.[52] On March 18, the Timberwolves decided not to sign Stephenson for the rest of the season.[53]

Return to Indiana (2017–2018)[edit]

On March 30, 2017, Stephenson signed with the Indiana Pacers, returning to the franchise for a second stint.[54] On June 25, 2018, the Pacers declined their team option on Stephenson's contract, thus parting ways with him for a second time.[55]

Los Angeles Lakers (2018–present)[edit]

On July 10, 2018, Stephenson signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[56]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Indiana 12 0 9.6 .333 .000 .786 1.5 1.8 .3 .0 3.1
2011–12 Indiana 42 1 10.5 .376 .133 .471 1.3 1.1 .5 .1 2.5
2012–13 Indiana 78 72 29.2 .460 .330 .652 3.9 2.9 1.0 .2 8.8
2013–14 Indiana 78 78 35.3 .491 .352 .711 7.2 4.6 .7 .1 13.8
2014–15 Charlotte 61 25 25.8 .376 .171 .627 4.5 3.9 .6 .1 8.2
2015–16 L.A. Clippers 43 10 15.8 .494 .404 .700 2.5 1.4 .6 .1 4.7
2015–16 Memphis 26 3 26.6 .474 .355 .815 4.4 2.8 .7 .2 14.2
2016–17 New Orleans 6 0 27.0 .473 .100 .625 3.3 4.8 .3 .2 9.7
2016–17 Minnesota 6 0 11.2 .476 .000 .500 1.7 .8 .0 .0 3.5
2016–17 Indiana 6 0 22.0 .409 .625 .667 4.0 4.2 .5 .3 7.2
2017–18 Indiana 82 7 22.6 .427 .289 .661 5.2 2.9 .6 .2 9.2
Career 440 196 24.4 .446 .303 .685 4.3 3.0 .7 .1 8.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Indiana 4 0 3.0 .222 .500 .500 .0 .3 .0 .0 1.5
2013 Indiana 19 19 35.4 .408 .281 .622 7.6 3.3 1.2 .1 9.4
2014 Indiana 19 19 37.1 .455 .358 .714 6.9 4.2 .8 .2 13.6
2016 Memphis 4 0 23.8 .523 .400 .800 1.5 1.8 .3 .0 13.0
2017 Indiana 4 0 26.8 .509 .389 .750 5.3 2.8 .5 .0 16.0
2018 Indiana 7 0 21.3 .462 .308 .556 2.7 2.9 .3 .1 10.4
Career 57 38 30.5 .448 .330 .670 5.6 3.2 .8 .1 11.1

Personal life[edit]

Stephenson is the son of Lance Sr. and Bernadette Stephenson.[16] He has a younger brother named Lantz.[2]

Legal issues[edit]

In January 2008, Stephenson was suspended from school for five days and missed two games following an altercation with a teammate.[57] In October that year, he was arrested for groping a 17-year-old inside the school.[58] He faced a Class B misdemeanor sexual assault charge, and his parents ended the "Born Ready" reality show following the arrest.[2]

On August 15, 2010, Stephenson was arrested for third-degree assault after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs.[59] The case was eventually dismissed.[60]

See also[edit]

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