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Lance Stephenson | Guard

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Cincinnati
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Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said that Lance Stephenson must improve after his disappointing performance this season.
"Like I told Lance yesterday, I didn’t think he played well," Cho said. "He’s got to improve. In the 2013-14 season he shot 35 percent from [3-point range]. This year it was 17 percent. He’s got to improve that. He knows he had a bad year. I think he’s committed to getting better this summer." There is no denying that Stephenson is loaded with upside, but his stock is going to be really low heading into fantasy drafts next season. The Hornets may also continue to look for trade partners over the summer, so a move away from Charlotte could potentially give him a boost. That being said, It's probably best to let another owner deal with him next season. Apr 18 - 9:44 AM

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Lance Stephenson acknowledged that his 3-point shooting was "terrible" this season, and he will spend the summer trying to regain his confidence after a horrific season with the Hornets.

"My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game... It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Born Ready was not so ready for the move to Charlotte, and his name will likely regularly surface in various trade rumors throughout the year, it's finding a taker that's the tricky part.
Apr 17 - 3:26 PM

Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play vs. the Raptors on Wednesday as expected.

The trade rumors are going to be flying around Stephenson all summer, and a move away from Charlotte would portably be best for both sides. For obvious reasons, Stephenson's stock will be really low leading into fantasy draft's next season. Troy Daniels and Brian Roberts should see plenty of minutes off the bench.
Apr 15 - 9:42 AM

Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

He's unlikely to play again in the finale either. Stephenson's first season with the Hornets is one of the bigger flops of the season and the team will likely be entertaining trade offers for him. With Born Ready out, Troy Daniels, Brian Roberts and Mo Williams figure to be the main bench scorers on the outside.
Apr 13 - 5:18 PM

Lance Stephenson (toe) is highly unlikely to play again this season.

The Hornets are out of the playoff race, so there is no reason to rush him back. This season can't end quick enough for Stephenson, and he has to be one of the most disappointing players in the league after playing so well for the Pacers last year. His owners will have a bad taste in their mouth heading into next season's fantasy drafts. Stephenson should be considered highly doubtful for Monday's game vs. Houston and Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors. Gerald Henderson, Troy Daniels and Jeff Taylor will benefit.
Apr 12 - 9:15 PM

Lance Stephenson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

P.J. Hairston, Gerald Henderson, and Jeff Taylor will split Stephenson's minutes, but none of these guys are great option in standard leagues.

Lance Stephenson (toe) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Atlanta.

This will be Stephenson's second straight game on the sidelines, and his minutes will be split up between Gerald Henderson, Jeff Taylor, and P.J. Hairston. Henderson is the only one worth owning out of the group, and he'll have plenty of opportunity on offense with Al Jefferson (knee) also sidelined.

Lance Stephenson (jammed toe) will not play on Wednesday and he may miss more games, according to coach Steve Clifford.

Stephenson apparently aggravated an existing injury during an eight-point game on Tuesday, and there's a chance that his season is in jeopardy. His absence thrusts even more minutes toward starters Gerald Henderson and Jeff Taylor. Rookie P.J. Hairston played only seven minutes on Tuesday but he and Brian Roberts may also see their roles expand as the Hornets try to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Lance Stephenson is dealing with a jammed toe and his status is unclear for Wednesday against the Raptors.

He suffered the injury on Tuesday night while playing 20 minutes. We should have another update soon, but the Hornets would have to give more minutes to Jeff Taylor and P.J. Hairston sans Lance.
Apr 8 - 4:35 PM

Lance Stephenson scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 14 minutes off the bench on Friday.

We're not telling you to pick him up because he's been terrible this season and probably received way too many news blurbs already. But with Al Jefferson looking at a shutdown and the Hornets basically out of the playoff chase, there is no better time to try and reestablish some semblance of value on his contract.
Apr 3 - 10:41 PM

Hornets' head coach Steve Clifford said that Lance Stephenson is unlikely to play Friday vs. the Pacers.

Born Ready's arrival in Charlotte has arguably been the most disastrous offseason signing in recent memory. He hasn't left the bench for the past two games, and it looks like that number will turn into a three after tonight. The Hornets are paying Lance $9 million this season to be a glorified cheerleader, and until he gets back into the rotation, he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Apr 3 - 6:09 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said he can't find a unit that plays well when Lance Stephenson is on the floor.

Clifford said he supported the signing of Stephenson, but his comments after Stephenson's second straight DNP-CD on Wednesday don't sound promising for Stepehnson. "Lance is here because of me. I’m the one that wanted Lance," Clifford said. "It’s simply that I can’t find a group that plays well when he’s out there." Ouch. While Stephenson has plenty of upside, it's officially time for fantasy owners to cut bait.
Apr 2 - 9:42 AM

Lance Stephenson got another DNP-CD on Wednesday for the Hornets.

He's now sat on the bench in two straight games and is officially the biggest bust of last summer's free agent signings. P.J. Hairston played 23 minutes and hit 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, three rebounds and a steal. He's not a great fantasy option, but is probably worth keeping an eye on.
Apr 1 - 10:27 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford explained Lance Stephenson's DNP against the Celtics on Monday as a search for rotational consistency.

"We have struggled to find a group that has played well off the bench in these last few games," Clifford said after the game. "Jeff [Taylor] has to play with Mike out. We need a defender and an energy guy out there and he’s the best guy, the guy most like Mike. And we need shooting. Lance was disappointed and wants to play. I give him credit. He said, ‘I know I can help the team,’ and he handled it well." While Stephenson took the benching in stride, he's not going to help fantasy owners this season and can safely be dropped.
Mar 31 - 12:49 PM

Lance Stephenson showed signs of life in Sunday's road win, coming off the bench for eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

The Hornets probably need Stephenson to find a productive groove if they're going to make noise in the playoffs, but he's still prone to random benchings and lackluster performances. He's been a season-long trainwreck in fantasy leagues and that's not going to change in Charlotte's final 14 games.
Mar 22 - 9:32 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Mo Williams
3Brian Roberts
SG1Gerald Henderson
2Lance Stephenson
3P.J. Hairston
4Troy Daniels
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeff Taylor
PF1Cody Zeller
2Marvin Williams
3Noah Vonleh
C1Al Jefferson
2Bismack Biyombo
3Jason Maxiell