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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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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 busts 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

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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

Lance Stephenson did not score on Tuesday, missing all three of his field goal attempts in 10 minutes of action.

Stephenson was notably absent during the Hornets' second-half comeback, and his role has been further jeopardized by the return of a healthy Kemba Walker. There are zero reasons to own Stephenson this season, and it might require a trade for him to regain fantasy upside next year.
Mar 18 - 1:22 AM

Lance Stephenson finished Sunday's road victory with nine points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes.

He's made baby steps toward fantasy value over the past two games, but is still a waiver-wire staple while playing 20-25 minutes off the Hornets' bench. He's now made at least half of his shots in two straight games, just the second time all season that's happened, and his 37.1 percent shooting is a convincing reason to ignore him.
Mar 8 - 8:54 PM

Lance Stephenson hit just 2-of-5 shots for six points, three rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

He's completely fallen out of favor in Charlotte and Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are helping to crush his confidence. He'll go down as one of the biggest busts of the season, in both fantasy and reality, although his team is actually playing well despite him.
Mar 5 - 12:16 AM

Lance Stephenson didn't leave the Hornets bench in the second half on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes.

Born Ready has solid per-36-minute averages for rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.9), but that's where the good news ends. He has a morbid True Shooting of 40.3 percent and coach Steve Clifford opted to deploy Jeff Taylor ahead of him in the second half. Clifford explained the benching afterward by saying, "From here on out it's got to be sub-to-win." That line sums up Stephenson's lack of value for both the Hornets and fantasy owners.
Mar 3 - 10:23 PM

Lance Stephenson's nightmare season continued on Saturday during a 110-103 loss to the Thunder, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points with three rebounds, four assists and one steal.

If the NBA gave out a Least Improved Player Award, it might go to Lance. Since returning from his groin injury last month, Stephenson made only 32.2 percent from the field for averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 boards, 5.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.4 turnovers in those 14 games. There almost has to be someone better on the wire in your league.
Feb 21 - 9:51 PM

Lance Stephenson continued his campaign for a move to Brooklyn on Saturday, telling Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News that playing in Brooklyn would be a "blessing."

"It would be a blessing [to play in Brooklyn]," Stephenson said. "But right now, Charlotte, that’s what I’m doing right now." Stephenson has dropped obvious hints on his Instagram page that he wants to head to Brooklyn, but the Nets have been hesitant to trade for the mercurial guard so far. While a trade away from Charlotte would only help his value, nothing appears to be imminent and it looks like Stephenson will likely finish out the season as a Hornet.
Source: NetsDaily
Feb 15 - 10:00 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports told SiriusXM NBA Radio that Lance Stephenson would likely remain with the Hornets past the Feb. 19 trade deadline.

There is reportedly no market for the enigmatic shooting guard, and with averages of 9.0 points per game on 37.1 percent shooting from the floor, it's easy to see why. Stephenson's owners may want to just test their luck with the trade deadline less than a week away, but we're not expecting too much from him even if he is traded to an ideal situation. Stephenson is still somewhat useful in points formats, but owners in standard leagues can probably do better.
Feb 14 - 10:31 AM

Mason Plumlee implied during a recent interview that he would enjoy playing alongside Lance Stephenson.

"I've known Lance since high school," Plumlee said. "I know he's a competitor. He plays hungry and I always respected that about him... I'm sure the city [of Brooklyn] would love to have him." Stephenson's name has come up in the rumor mill a couple times regarding a potential move to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, however nothing has come to fruition at this point. His value is currently in the gutter playing reserve minutes in Charlotte, so any change of scenery could be seen as a positive.
Feb 13 - 12:16 PM

Lance Stephenson came off the bench on Sunday for eight points on 2-of-7 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 20 minutes during a tough home loss to the Pacers.

Sir Lancelot is averaging 25.2 minutes per game as a reserve, which might be enough for standard-league value if it weren't for his awful 37.3 percent FGs and 58.6 percent FTs. He's made more than half of his shots just once in 37 games played this season, a ridiculous stat that explains why he's a liability in most fantasy formats.
Feb 8 - 9:47 PM

Lance Stephenson played 33 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.

It's a decent line, but he only made 3-of-11 from the field. Stephenson could get some more run with Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (hamstring) going down, but the disastrous shooting from the field and from the line severely caps his upside. He's worth owning in points leagues, though.
Feb 7 - 10:35 PM

Lance Stephenson (knee) will play against the 76ers on Saturday.

He is dealing with left knee tendinitis, which is a new issue for Stephenson. He should see his normal amount of playing time in the upper 20s as the primary ball-handler in the second unit. He's still not doing enough to start in standard league due to his inability to make open shots.
Feb 7 - 6:04 PM

Lance Stephenson is dealing with left knee tendinitis and is questionable to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

He had left knee soreness in 2013, didn't miss any games. Stephenson is coming off a groin injury and has visibly battled through that injury in the past couple weeks, so at least that injury isn't why he's questionable. If he does miss time, the Hornets will look to Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to fill Lance's 25-30 minutes per game.
Feb 6 - 3:54 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