The kid has stepped up and had a solid season starting in what is really his first season getting significant meaningful minutes. There is no doubt Lance has the talent. Larry Bird does not give out the kind of high praise very often he did for Lance.
With the reports of the Pacers considering say an Eric Bledsoe who may or may not be really available... but just using it as an example that we realize a point gaurd may be a position we have to address.
Realize Lance is only 22 ... 23 .. ?? he has progressed this season enough to imho consider him as a most improved player of the year candidiate. at least worthy of mention ... maybe not in mainstream espn but here on PD Lance is the most improved player on the team ... without consider obviously Paul.
I guess what im getting at is LaNce Stephenson the point guard of the future for the blue and gold. i brought this up in the gamethread recently.. i know he not ready yet.. but i believe Lance could be on a track to become the point gaurd this team has not had since a young Tinsley or savvy veteran Mark Jackson.
Bird really believe in Lance and i know many kinda scoffed at that notion. There are things Lance just does naturally. I truly do not see Lance at the point gaurd position as a disadvantaage in say maybe next season or the one after.
in fact the team already seems to be playing with idea already. Coach Vogel let Lance dictate the pace of the game tonight in certain times specifically the 3rd qtr i believe. i know Stepehenson is not ready for that yet esp playoffs.
but he really just has a feel for the game . he is still way too out of control to trust exclusively at pg. but he would be a force at that position because he can gaurd it. he can gaurd d williams, or rose, westbrook
Bird may have left the Pacers a diamond in the rough at a position he over the years seemed to miss on.. one of the few criticisms i can find of his tenure here.
Stepenson could become a really good point guard in this league if he works hard. potentially one of the best. the potential is there and point gaurd may be his natural position.