PREFACE: Leave the completely negative content out of here, please. We do not know whether or not he is guilty, and it would be silly to assume.
To start things off, let me use some quotes from posters, Boyle, and Bird to get me started on my opinion on Lance.
You see, he went out of his way to bring Lance into the equation. That really says something about his potential abilities. He's 20 years old and he is a project. Bird believes that in a couple of years that Lance Stephenson will blow up and become a very productive player according to his own words. Maybe can you sense that Bird thinks higher of Lance than he thinks of George?Q. As you identify the core of your team moving forward, how many pieces do you think you need? Is it two guys? Is it three?
A. Well, I’m pretty bullish on Lance Stephenson. If he’s going to be what I think he’s going to be – I already know Paul (George) is going to be there – maybe it’s just two. I think the kid’s got a chance to be very special. And I think Paul’s going to be special. And we’ve got the money to go fill out this team and be very competitive in this league.
Lance said in a pre-game interview a couple of games ago that he is much improved from the beginning of the season. That may just be optimism on his part, but part of me actually makes me believe that because part of his issues were simple fundamental things like team defense, dump-down passes, and court awareness which are easily fixed with experience.
Referring to the bolded part, I would like you to take a look at this:
Honestly, outside of Paul George and maybe Dahntay Jones, who else on our team can make that play: Pre-season or not?
Lance Stephenson is a very, very talented basketball player in my opinion. He has ridiculous strength, a solid mid-range shot, very impressive handles, great feel around the basket, and significant court vision which is something that we can use right now. The intriguing part about Lance is that we have no idea right now what his potential or talent is which makes me want to see him more an more. I don't mind if they are just spot minutes, blow out minutes, or if he takes Dahntay Jones' minutes; I want to see the kid play.
He isn't just any second round pick. He's not just a senior with little talent and potential like many second round picks. He's a 20 year old with a lot of raw talent and special physical tools.. Hence all of the intrigue.
So, let's give him some spot minutes after All Star break and then we can go from there. It is time to see what this kid has in him. He's apparently good enough to get a four year contract which nets us his Bird Rights. Let's see what he's got. If he has a lot of work to do, than keep playing him and let him work through those problems. If he comes into the game and "Reminds us why he is a project," than that is fine. But if he plays and shows some talent with some inconsistency, than by all means let him smooth out those creases in his game. After all, that is what we did with Josh McRoberts and everything is working out fine right now.
The questions from me to you are how good is he going to play after break and is he good enough to earn minutes as a third point guard and third shooting guard off the bench this year?
I hope that he plays well enough to earn minutes from Mike and others, but I won't expect it because he is just a rookie that has a lot of work to do to refine his skills.