Hornets Sign Lance Stephenson: A Must Or A Bust?
Lance Stephenson, the player who famously blew in Lebron’s ear during the 2014 NBA PLayoffs, has accepted a 3-year 27 million contract to play for the Charlotte Hornets. Lance Stephenson turned down a 5-year 44 million contract from the Pacers to come play for the Hornets but will it be worth it? Stephenson has stellar performances on the court but has a nasty attitude to go with it. Will Stephenson be the dominant figure that he was or will he bust?
Stephenson’s court presence is staggering to say the least. He led the league in triple doubles last season and was second in the ‘NBA Most Improved Player Award’. He can create shots for himself while staying a prominent defender and can attack the rim on both sides of the court. Stephenson is averaging 13.8 points 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 rebounds a game with a career-high 28 points last season against the Knicks. Overall Stephenson is the best free-agent on the market right now and combine him with Charlotte Hornet’s point guard Kemba Walker and center Al Jefferson Stephenson it will be a welcome addition to a team that had their playoff dreams cut short because of their defense.
On the other side of things, Stephenson is an immature player who needs to grow up on the court. His antics and attitude on and off the court have caused problems for teammates and coaches alike but in a face-to-face chat with Hornets head coach Steve Clifford and owner Michael Jordan they are confident that Stephenson will change. If not, the Hornets can drop him after 2 years leaving Stephenson 2 seasons to get his act together or he is out.
Regardless of the outcome of Stephenson, the Hornets are going to be a highlight of the southeast conference and I am looking forward to watching them on the big screen.
Listen to Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell discuss the Stephenson transaction with the Hornets here.
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