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Lance Stephenson | Guard/Forward | #6

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (10) / IND
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Pacers' president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard is reportedly considering playing Lance Stephenson at point guard next season.
Pritchard has hinted on numerous occasions that he expects Stephenson to have an increased role with the Pacers next season, and with recent reports suggesting that Paul George could begin his 2017-18 campaign outside of Indiana, Stephenson could be forced into a much more substantial role with the Pacers. This report could also suggest that Pritchard is contemplating letting Jeff Teague walk as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. As for Born Ready's fantasy potential, him being utilized as a primary weapon on offense isn't necessarily a good thing, as we saw during his short stint with Charlotte. Jun 19 - 3:16 PM

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Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard implied that Lance Stephenson will have an increased role in Indiana next season.

"Lance’s energy, and having two unique athletic wings in this business is a luxury, and I think we can build on that," said Pritchard. "As he gets more healthy, as he gets better in shape, we’re going to ask more of him." Stephenson came off the bench when he was signed late in the year, but Nate McMillan hinted he'll consider starting him next season. Born Ready put in averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 boards, 4.6 assists and 1.1 triples per game during his last season in Indiana three years ago, so he might be someone to consider spending a late-round pick on.
May 2 - 4:47 PM

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he's "open" to the idea of Lance Stephenson starting at shooting guard next season.

Stephenson may have saved his career after his move back to the Pacers, and after a solid finish to the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs with averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.9 percent shooting. "We really needed that boost, that energy, that kind of passion," McMillan said. Still only 26 years old, Stephenson has an excellent chance to hit the ground running in 2017-18.
Apr 27 - 11:51 AM

Lance Stephenson got hot from beyond the arc during Sunday's Game 4 loss, tallying 22 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.

Stephenson was solid through this first-round series, pumping out averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 triples and just 1.0 turnover per game on 50.9 percent shooting. He’ll look to resurrect his career with the Pacers next season, and he might be someone to consider taking with a late-round flier in next year’s drafts.
Apr 23 - 4:00 PM

Paul George said that Lance Stephenson needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions during Game 3.

"He’s gotta learn to control himself, he’s gotta learn to just be in the moment," George said. "Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. One of our leaders. His body language has to improve, just for the team. We all know Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is just his heart and his competitiveness that that emotion comes out on." Born Ready was visibly upset on a few defensive miscues during Indiana's Game 2 loss, but he's also brought some much-needed playmaking and defense to the Pacers' second unit. His minutes should again be in the mid-20s for Game 3 tonight.
Source: USA Today
Apr 20 - 10:45 AM

Lance Stephenson scored 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting in Game 2 vs. the Cavaliers on Monday, adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

We saw good Lance and bad Lance tonight, and at one point coach Nate McMillan had to tell him to "calm down." He had the ball in his hands a ton just like Game 1 and made some good decisions for the most part, but coach McMillan made a mistake by putting him on Kevin Love on the defensive end in the second half -- the Cavs exploited that matchup several times and Stephenson picked up three fouls in the span of 90 seconds. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds and three assists in his previous outing, so he will continue to be a nice play in DFS until his price catches up to his production.
Apr 17 - 10:13 PM

Pacers coach Nate McMillan isn't expecting to shake up his lineup for Game 2 vs. the Cavaliers on Monday.

"Right now, the rotation we have hasn't hurt us," McMillan said when asked if Lance Stephenson would start ahead of Monta Ellis. "I think it's been pretty good for us. With Lance coming in, we're bringing energy off the bench." Stephenson looked great in Game 1 with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes, and while he may continue to come off the bench, he's a nice low-priced option in DFS until further notice. He could be looking at 30+ minutes tonight if he has the hot hand again.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 17 - 9:40 AM

Lance Stephenson played 27 minutes off the bench against the Cavs on Saturday, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

He was effective in the fourth quarter and had the ball in his hands much more than expected. Considering the starting five's struggles in pick-and-roll defense due to their lack of size at the guard spots, there's a very good chance we see Stephenson get in the 30-34 minute range for Game 2 on Monday. He'll be a popular DFS play.
Apr 15 - 5:47 PM

Lance Stephenson chipped in 10 rebounds, six assists, four points, one steal and one block in 23 minutes off the bench vs. Atlanta on Wednesday.

The Pacers came out flat tonight and Stephenson provided the jolt of energy the second unit lacked for most of the season. His fantasy flaws run deep, however, and he's much more valuable for the Pacers in reality.
Apr 12 - 11:46 PM

Lance Stephenson scored nine points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and one 3-pionter in 23 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Thursday.

The Pacers have needed wing depth for most of the pre-deadline season, so Lance has fit right in for that role and only needed one game to get him going. They've won their last two games in convincing fashion with Stephenson averaging 10.5 points, 1.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 treys. He'll probably be in that neighborhood doing forward, so he's more of stream or DFS punt.
Apr 6 - 9:54 PM

Lance Stephenson played 25 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal on Tuesday.

He had four points in his first game for the Pacers and looked better tonight. He might end up being a factor over the last week of the season, but he's really more likely to just hurt a guy like Monta Ellis than help fantasy teams, at least for now. Keep an eye on him.
Apr 4 - 11:08 PM

Nate McMillan implied that he'll be giving more minutes to Lance Stephenson moving forward.

Stephenson produced four points, three boards and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench on Sunday, and McMillan liked the energy he brought to the team. " I think he fires Paul [Geroge] up, he talks a lot," said McMillan of Born Ready. "I think that helps his game and the team. He challenges the guys and we need that." McMillan may get Stephenson into the mid-20s his next time out, but he's probably not going to do enough with the second unit to warrant a standard league roster spot.
Apr 3 - 3:23 PM

Lance Stephenson came off the Pacers' bench on Sunday for four points, three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.

Lance played two substantial stints bridging quarters, but he was nowhere to be found in either OT period as the Pacers stuck with their tenured guys. The Pacers' bench desperately needs an injection of playmaking, but it's too little, too late for Stephenson as a fantasy option.
Apr 2 - 10:40 PM

Lance Stephenson will be available Sunday against the Cavs.

Fire up those videos of Lance blowing into LeBron James' ear. Stephenson has had a tough time staying healthy this season and the Pacers will likely only keep him in the teens for minutes. His return would take away from Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles. Plus, Glenn Robinson III would likely not be in the rotation upon his return.
Mar 30 - 5:17 PM

Paul George said he's excited about having Lance Stephenson back in Indiana.

"We had a special memories," George said. "We've definitely got a bond on that court. Hopefully we pick up where we left off. He’s excited. He’s always considered Indiana home, so he’s very excited to play with me and us again. This is where he made his name and made his mark. He’s got that in the back of his mind." After signing a three-year, $12 million deal, Stephenson is expected to suit up for Sunday's game vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers. You can't make this stuff up. Unless he blows us away and recaptures the form he once had in Indiana, leave him on the wire.
Mar 30 - 10:49 AM