I legitimately would like to see a game where we just give it to Lance and tell him to go to work though. Sacto or GS games coming up maybe. Just to see how his approach to the game would differ.
I would like to see an increase in his usage, but full reigns is to much.
Agreed with Eleazar. Making this "Stephenson's team" is way too extreme of a move at this point, but he's certainly played well enough to deserve a bigger role on offense. Let's take it one step at a time.
Last year I was all for giving lance more mins. I was in love with his court vision and passing and handles. What I didn't think he would ever be was a solid shooter. I'm very happy he's coming along nicely. Larry is looking really smart right now.
It's time to tell Lance he's allowed to shoot late.
I say he should play the same amount of minutes in the second half as he did in the first. Don't cut him short in the second!
Agreed. With Granger out, there will be no better time to test things. Also, I don't think many are saying to hand the keys over permanently. If it's not going to work this year, we should be able to tell in a handful of games. If it does work well, it could immediately change this stagnant offense into something that can score late in games when the San Antonio's of the NBA decide to start manning up like last night.
A more conservative approach will be taken when Granger returns...primarily because we will be "good enough". Lance will come off the bench and might find some time with the starters. But he's not going to have the controls in his hands.
Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel
I can now understand why Larry Bird thought Lance was the most talented player on this team, and I happen to agree with him. I am also now starting to view Lance's intangibles as a potential strength rather than a weakness. You want a guy on your team with a little craziness and hyper competitive drive, as long as it is controlled. I am rooting for him and hope that he can continue to stay on track.
Lance should start at pg! He is the type of player that makes everyone around him better. He can create off the dribble, can actually pass the ball, and he got the vision. He just needs the green light. Once Lance gets the ball he is pushing down the court. His shooting has improved also.
there are two reasons why Lance will become our best player IMO, he is the only one who can create his own shot, and he has the killer instinct, he is the only one on the team who has it, he wants the ball, he wants to take the game winning shot, he wants to crush his opponent. I can see Lance being a 19 ppg and 9 apg guy if we start him at point in a few years. He is a better PG than Hill to be honest. I see Paul George as a Joe Johnson type player. His cieling will be as a second option (hopefully to Lance) and can average 16-17 ppg
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I'm not perfect and neither are you.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
Ephisians 4: 32 And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Elohim also forgave you in Messiah.
Lance appears to be for real. He is best on the team in FG% and 3PT%. He's 3rd on the team in assists and steals...even though he only plays 24 minutes. Who would have thought that possible just a year ago? We've talked about a few subjective things like him being the best penetrator and passer, which are probably true, but these stats cannot be denied. Lance is hitting shots, passing and driving while defending pretty well and even stealing the ball on occasion. He's been the best thing about this season
I also have to admit the cross-over, drive to the bucket and double clutch layup was one of the exciting plays I've seen during the Granger era. Yes, part of this game is about entertainment and with that Lance definitely delivers.
Last night when we got down late in the 1st quarter the camera panned over to the bench where Lance was frustrated about something (I assume they way we we're playing), and while he was talking to Roy and Paul they were just staring off in space looking like lost puppies. Lance seems like he hates to lose while some of our softer players seem like they care more about how they're playing and what the stat sheets gonna look like after a game.
Sam is a MUCH smarter defender and easily as physical. He's even as physical when it comes to going to the rim...to a fault (ie, charges).
Lance has him as an outside shooter and passer, but again that's a different role. I do prefer to see Lance come in when they need a guy to linger weakside for the spot up 3 to keep teams honest on the doubles, but otherwise I think Lance works best when you have very little other offense out there and need a score.
To me Lance is ahead of DJ, not Sam. DJ is the one that can't make his threes or keep guys from sagging, and hadn't punished anyone prior to the Spurs game (going by comments, haven't see enough yet).