Lance Stephenson seems to have overstayed his welcome in Charlotte. The Walker/Stephenson experiment has been a complete failure as Stephenson has a stat line of 37.1%/15.2%/59.2% from the field, 3-point line and the free-throw line for the season. Those numbers are extremely low even for a player who is or was battling injury. Stephenson made himself known last year as he played himself into all-star consideration. There is no doubt the young man has talent but it has been difficult for the Hornets to find a suitor for the guard. They have held conversations with the Brooklyn Nets as well as several other teams in an attempt to unload Stephenson’s contract. We here at Real Ball Insiders have constructed a list of a few teams who could use Lance either to rebuild or compete.
Boston Celtics: The Boston Celtics are currently rebuilding and seem to have found their point guard of the future in Marcus Smart. It is unknown how well Stephenson would play alongside Smart but we believe it is worth a shot for the Celtics. Best case scenario they become the best defensive back court in the NBA and shut down opposing back courts while using their athleticism to score, or worst case scenario he stunts Smarts growth and becomes a problem in their locker room for a season.
Brooklyn Nets: The Nets need more youth injected in their back court. They also need to find a way to get rid of Joe Johnson who is has been playing inconsistently the last couple of seasons. Lance Stephenson can give Nets fans some hope and help the team get younger while adding some much needed defense on their wing.
Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have been extremely disappointing this season and that includes all their players not named Lawson, Chandler or Nurkic. They need to shake up their roster and what better way than adding a young, athletic, playmaking wing to help make up for Ty Lawson’s defensive liabilities?
Los Angeles Clippers: Who outside of Chris Paul could dribble the ball up the court and make a play for a teammate on this team? Keep thinking because the answer is nobody. Their other guards are scoring guards who make little to no plays for their teammates. This is where Stephenson comes in, his assists per game have gone up every season since joining the league. He now sits at 4.9 assists per game which could help relieve Chris Paul of some of those duties.
Pheonix Suns: The Suns need to realize that to win in the NBA they will need a traditional shooting guard. Stephenson would give them great defense and an offensive wing who they could give the ball to against taller opponents. Its time to give up one or two of those point guards Pheonix, it could start here.