One could say Lance Stephenson has had a disappointing season in Charlotte. The five-year veteran has had his fair share of struggles this year, going from the Eastern Conference contending Indiana Pacers to signing a three-year, $27 million contract with Charlotte and not meeting the lofty expectations that were placed upon the Hornets prior to the season.
Stephenson has not produced as anticipated, averaging a lowly 8.3 points per game in only 26.4 minutes of action per contest.
Despite all the chaos that has ensued this year, Stephenson told reporters yesterday that he has no regret about signing with the Hornets.
“Not at all,” Stephenson said. “I love this system. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. Some people come into systems and fit right in. Some people it takes time. I feel like with me, I’m going to take time.”
Lance was brought in to “compete with LeBron James” according to owner Michael Jordan, and form a strong backcourt alongside starting point guard Kemba Walker. However, that has not been the case, as Stephenson is shooting only 37% from the floor, and is now, at times, not even seeing the floor.
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— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) March 31, 2015
When asked about his playing time or lack thereof, Stephenson had this to say to reporters:
“It’s a coach’s decision and my job is to keep a positive attitude,” Stephenson told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Now, this is Lance Stephenson’s fifth season, and he still has plenty of good basketball ahead of him. Stephenson has only averaged double figures in points once in his NBA career, so the upside and potential of his game is still there. The future for Lance is one of uncertainty. There are many teams around the league lacking a presence at the shooting guard position that would love to have Lance on their roster next year, and that could very well happen.