That 8.8 points occurred in his first season of playing heavy minutes. As a 22 year old, he immediately went from bench afterthought to important starter on an elite team. That's a huge change. As a young starter getting his first big opportunity in the NBA, he didn't want to take too many risks and make mistakes. Thus, he generally deferred to the more experienced players on offense. But he was excellent at getting other guys involved and playing physical defense, which helped give us our identity.
However, his confidence began to build as the season wore on, as we saw in that Game 6 against New York. He began to get more loose with his offense and the coaches allowed him to do so. Keep in mind that this past summer is the first summer that he was able to improve his game based off experience in playing heavy NBA minutes. It's clearly making a big difference. The big difference between last year's Lance and the Lance we have seen these first two games is CONFIDENCE. Last year on offense, he was a timid 22 year old who was playing his first heavy NBA minutes. This year, he is a guy with experience under his belt who has confidence in his abilities and has been given the green light by coaches.
He's going to help us win all season.